American Tort Reform Association’s Report Sheds Light on Lawsuit Trends

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A new report released by the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) reveals the rapid growth of large firms representing state and municipal governments in cases involving opioids and climate change in recent years. It raises important issues regarding the hiring of outside counsel and the deep pockets of private attorneys. The report points to several […]

Barratry – more commonly known as “ambulance chasing” – is illegal

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At some of the most vulnerable times in life Texas law protects us from unwanted and overly-aggressive advances from personal injury lawyers (or their representatives) trolling for new clients and lawsuits. These aggressive tactics are called barratry – although they are more commonly known as “ambulance chasing” – and they are illegal. The recent indictment […]

Let the ball – not a lawsuit – get dropped as you ring in the new year

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As Texans prepare to celebrate the holidays and ring in the New Year at office parties and social gatherings, it’s important for party hosts to keep liability in mind as they plan celebrations that involve alcohol and encourage partygoers to take personal responsibility for their own actions as a way to curb lawsuit abuse this […]

‘Massive’ judgments earn Texas ‘Dishonorable Mention’ on ‘Judicial Hellhole’ report

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SE Texas Record December 4, 2018 ‘Massive’ judgments earn Texas ‘Dishonorable Mention’ on ‘Judicial Hellhole’ report By David Yates WASHINGTON – Once a regular on the list, Texas managed to avoid landing a “Judicial Hellhole’ ranking this year, but did secure a “Dishonorable Mention” for dishing out massive damage awards, including the largest in the […]