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Latest Judicial Hellholes Report Puts Texas on Watch List

AUSTIN, TEXASThe following statement regarding Texas’ inclusion on the “watch list” for the American Tort Reform Foundation’s 2021-2022 Judicial Hellholes® report should be attributed to Marla Mathews, spokesperson for Texans Against Lawsuit Abuse:

“By disregarding Texas’ long-standing prohibition on introducing evidence about different products or dissimilar accidents in product liability cases and upholding a verdict that found a defendant liable for injuries caused by a product that exceeded safety standards, the Court of Appeals for the Fifth District at Dallas landed Texas back on the Judicial Hellholes® report.

“Texas has long been a beacon for smart-minded lawsuit reform that ensures our courts are used for justice – not greed. It’s troubling to see Texas back on the Judicial Hellholes® “Watch List,” signaling the need for Texans to remain vigilant in the fight against lawsuit abuse.

“Texans Against Lawsuit Abuse and the Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse movement were founded in Texas, and our work remains ever necessary as this year’s Judicial Hellholes® report makes clear.”

To read the full ATRA Judicial Hellholes® report, visit To learn more about the work of TALA and the CALA movement in Texas, visit

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Texans Against Lawsuit Abuse (TALA) is a non-profit, statewide grassroots coalition dedicated to educating the public about the cost and consequences of lawsuit abuse, challenging those who abuse our legal system, and returning common sense and fairness to our courts. At TALA, we work with Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA) groups throughout the state. Launched in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley in 1990, the CALA movement has spread across the country. Online at


On Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 5:30 p.m., Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse of Central Texas is hosting an Election 2022 Preview event featuring the Texas Tribune’s Ross Ramsey.

We hope you will be able to join us!

Stay tuned for registration information.

Be an Informed Voter!

On November 2, Texans will head to the polls to vote on eight proposed Texas constitutional amendments and local issues and candidates that will vary by areas of the state.  As we cast our ballots, Texans Against Lawsuit Abuse would like to remind voters of the important role each of us plays in keeping Texas a leader in the lawsuit reform movement.  Reining in lawsuit abuse helps:  

To protect these reforms and keep Texas the #1 state in the country to do business, it’s critical that voters cast informed ballots.  Be sure to learn about the issues before stepping into the voting booth!  

For more voting information on the upcoming election, visit  And for a look at the eight proposed Texas constitutional amendments, here’s a summary from the Texas Tribune

Early voting ends on October 29, 2021.

Election Day is November 2, 2021.