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Washington Examiner, February 25, 2017

Anheuser-Busch, the maker of Beck's beer, agreed last summer to pay a class-action settlement of up to $20 million. Any of the 1.7 million people who had theoretically purchased that brand since 2012 could come forward to claim $12, no questions asked, or up to $50 in the unlikely event that they had saved their receipts.

 
Rio Grande Guardian, February 26, 2017

MCALLEN, RGV – Lawsuit abuse associated with hailstorm damage claims started in the Rio Grande Valley and should end there, says a former state representative candidate and insurance company owner.

Southeast Texas Record, February 22, 2017

HOUSTON – One of the most successful litigation funding companies in the world has widened its U.S. reach, establishing a base of operations in Texas.

 
Institute for Legal Reform, February 22, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement about a segment that aired on NBC’s “Today” show about “slack fill” class action lawsuits, and a related report released today by ILR:

Washington Free Beacon, February 17, 2017

Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch signed a final rule shortly before leaving her post that will effectively double penalties under the False Claims Act, which could stand to benefit trial lawyers, who overwhelmingly contribute campaign funds to Democrats.

Institute for Legal Reform, February 16, 2017

Lawyers, not consumers, are today the main beneficiaries of class actions – a lawsuit structure that was intended to make it easier for injured consumers sharing smaller claims to seek recourse as a group. 

 
Forbes, February 16, 2017

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee has approved a bill that targets the country’s current asbestos injury compensation system and another that aims to weed out unmeritorious class action claims.

KHOU, February 14, 2017

FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas– Storm victims anxious to repair and clean-up damage quickly found more help than they imagined with many offers coming uninvited.

Southeast Texas Record, February 13, 2017

AUSTIN – On Feb. 13, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and state Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, announced the filing of Senate Bill 10 – a piece of legislation aimed at ending hailstorm lawsuit abuse.

 
KTSA, February 13, 2017

Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick helps roll out another ‘priority bill.’

Houston Chronicle, February 13, 2017

AUSTIN - Declaring the start of the latest round in Texas "tort reform," Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and a key legislator said a bill filed Monday will crack down on a small group of attorneys they say are abusing the system by filing unnecessary lawsuits after hailstorms.

Legal Newsline, February 13, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A bill that targets the country’s current asbestos injury compensation system has been quietly reintroduced by a Texas federal lawmaker who is hoping President Trump is more receptive than his predecessor.

Austin Business Journal, February 13, 2017

Texas lawmakers have taken another swing at hailstorm lawsuit reform with a bill that is more streamlined and direct than the one filed last session that ultimately failed, says an industry trade group.

The Hayride, February 12, 2017

A curious piece of mail recently showed up in my mailbox.  It was an unexpected check for 49 cents from a class action settlement. Is this a joke? A scam? A mistake? Naturally, I turned to Google in search of an answer.

Southeast Texas Record, February 10, 2017

HIDALGO COUNTY – A Mission physician recently hit an area lawyer with a barratry lawsuit, accusing the hail attorney of obtaining a contingency fee agreement through soliciting contractors – contractors who allegedly left the doctor’s commercial property in shambles once the money ran dry.

 
San Antonio Express News, February 8, 2017

When you ignore a problem long enough, sometimes it just goes away. And sometimes, it gets even worse.

Southeast Texas Record, February 7, 2017

AUSTIN – A district judge’s refusal to unseal testimony given by renowned plaintiff’s attorney Russell Budd on the “Terrell memo” was a “travesty,” says the lawyer who filed the motion to unseal.

Southeast Texas Record, February 7, 2017

AUSTIN – Gov. Greg Abbott has given his State of the State speech to the citizens of Texas where he addressed what his priorities and emergency activities will be for the 85th legislative session.

Southeast Texas Record, February 7, 2017

BEAUMONT – A Hurricane Rita lawsuit brought by the Mostyn Law Firm has been slated for trial later this month.

Southeast Texas Record, February 7, 2017

LONGVIEW – Despite progress made in turning around a reputation that has pegged Texas as a popular venue for medical malpractice lawsuits and “not a business friendly environment,” Ruben Martin, founder of East Texans Against Lawsuit Abuse, said in a newsletter entry commemorating ETALA’s 25th anniversary that “junk lawsuits continue to cost us dearly.” 

Legal Newsline, February 3, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – Most of the plaintiffs in product-liability cases filed against pharmaceutical manufacturers in California’s leading courts were brought by people who live in other states, finds a recent study by the Civil Justice Association of California.

Forbes, February 6, 2017

A Texas judge’s refusal to unseal testimony given by renowned plaintiff's attorney Russell Budd on the “Terrell memo” was a “travesty,” says the lawyer who filed the motion to unseal it.

Houston Chronicle, February 3, 2017

AUSTIN - Lobbyists representing insurance companies are pushing legislation they say will prevent premium increases by weeding out "abusive" lawsuits over damages caused by hail and other storms in what is shaping up as a battle royal with consumers and plaintiffs' lawyers.

Texas Tribune, February 1, 2017

The state of the Texas judiciary is strong — because of judges like Julie Kocurek, Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht said Wednesday during a joint meeting of the Texas House and Senate.

Southeast Texas Record, February 1, 2017

HOUSTON – On Jan. 31, the First Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court’s ruling leaving the city of League City empty handed in its Hurricane Ike suit against the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association.

NBC 26, January 24, 2017

Businesses from coast to coast are dealing with lawsuits claiming they have violated Americans with Disabilities Act regulations, often causing some companies to go under.

 
Southeast Texas Record, January 31, 2017

AUSTIN – A documentary filmmaker seeking to obtain the deposition of one of Texas’ most well-known plaintiff’s attorneys was shut down by a district judge Tuesday, as the court refused to unseal testimony linked to an asbestos memo that has been the subject of much controversy for the past two decades. emo that has been the subject of much controversy for the past two decades. 

Southeast Texas Record, January 30, 2017

DALLAS – A Texas state judge recently granted an insurance company partial summary judgment in a hail lawsuit brought by the Mostyn Law Firm in Houston.

TX Business Daily, January 31, 2017

Over the past several months, Texas Business Dailyhas highlighted the impact on Texas businesses of lawsuits related to hailstorms, and in his State of the State speech given earlier today, Texas Governor Greg Abbott specifically called for legal reforms to curb "abusive" hailstorm lawsuits.

 

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