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2020-21 Judicial Hellholes Report

While Texas is a model for legal reform, troubling issues like trucking lawsuits could put Texas back on the Judicial Hellholes list. We must remain vigilant in calling out abuse & supporting reform. See the @AmTortReform Judicial Hellholes list here: https://judicialhellholes.org/reports/2020-2021-executive-summary

Do You Know Where Your Candidates Stand on Lawsuit Reform?

Texas, which once had the biggest lawsuit abuse problem in the country, is now a leader in the lawsuit reform movement. 

The changes made have helped:

The progress made has been hard-fought, making it important we elect officials who work just as hard to defend those reforms that have ensured our courts are used for justice, not greed. These reforms have helped Texas become a place where businesses want to be – and that means more jobs and a stronger economy. We must continue to protect these reforms and elect officials who will, too.

As the November election approaches and you consider your options on the ballot, do you know where your candidates stand? Every day candidates talk about the need for continued job growth and the importance of access to health care — each vitally important to the continued wellbeing of Texans.  But are your candidates willing to protect lawsuit reform and fight against attempts by some personal injury lawyers to undo those reforms?

Before you head to the ballot box make sure to research your candidates and ask them questions.

Early voting starts on October 13 and ends October 30, 2020.

Absentee ballots requests must be received by October 23, 2020.

Election Day is November 3, 2020.

If you need to check if you’re registered or find out where you need to vote, click HERE.

For more voting information on the upcoming primary elections, visit VoteTexas.gov.

Statewide Virtual Summit: Pandemic Liability Lawsuits

On Wednesday, October 7, 2020, at 2 pm, Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA) of Central Texas is hosting a virtual policy summit on pandemic liability lawsuits in conjunction with Bay Area CALA and CALA RGV.

RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pandemic-liability-lawsuits-growing-covid-19-litigation-update-on-reform-tickets-121388507293

Pandemic for Profit

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform

As the U.S. continues to deal with the widespread effects of COVID-19, it’s clear no industry is immune to the pandemic’s wrath—including law firms. But do all of these law firms really need to dig into the government wallet?

Some of the largest personal injury firms in the nation (many of which call Texas home) received loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The program is intended to help small businesses keep their workforces employed during the pandemic, primarily by covering the cost of payroll.

Several plaintiff law firms took PPP loans—which required them to certify that the loans were necessary to preserve their ongoing operations—while simultaneously making political contributions to at least one political action committee.

Further, it’s curious that many of these firms have run—and in some cases, continue to run—TV ads touting multi-million-dollar lawsuit awards and settlements, even as they claim to need a taxpayer-funded bailout to keep staff employed. 

These personal injury law firms cumulatively received millions of dollars from the PPP at a time when many small businesses could not access the funds. To add insult to injury to job creators struggling to keep their doors open, some personal injury firms have begun exploring opportunities to file COVID-related lawsuits against a variety of businesses.

As TLR General Counsel Lee Parsley recently noted, the last thing employers need right now is to deal with a costly and time consuming lawsuit, especially if it has been fueled by a taxpayer-funded loan. The majority of businesses are doing their best to serve their communities, adhere to public health standards for their employees and customers and protect jobs. 

Although there is much we still don’t know about how the coming months will shake out, one thing is clear: recovering from this pandemic will require us to do everything we can to support job creation and strengthen our economy. That includes shutting down opportunistic personal injury trial lawyers who attempt to use the pandemic for profit.

www.tortreform.com/for-the-record/pandemic-for-profit/