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2019 Legislative Session Recap

Texas continued to build its reputation as a lawsuit reform leader during the 2019 legislative session, which ended on May 31.  Several new laws underscore Texas’ reputation for common-sense reforms that keep Texas open for business, ensure access to our courts and help rein in lawsuit abuse. Here are some of the bills that passed the Legislature this year and await Governor Greg Abbott’s approval:

Deceptive Lawyer Advertising: Sent to the Governor

Senate Bill 1189 regarding questionable advertising of legal services: This legislation provides common sense reforms to require legal services advertisements to properly warn patients that it is dangerous to stop taking a prescribed medication before consulting with a doctor.

Transparency in Local Government Contracting: Sent to the Governor

House Bill 2826 relating to local governments that enter into contingency fee contracts for legal services: This measure will increase transparency when local governments hire personal injury lawyers on a contingency fee basis.

We appreciate the Texas Legislature for passing these bills and we urge Governor Abbott to sign them into law.

Summertime Lawsuits

Whether it’s lawsuits related to slips and falls on wet surfaces like swimming pool decking, dog bites by a neighbor’s pet or burns from a charcoal grill, some personal injury lawyer advertising highlights the many ways lawsuits can squash Texans’ summer fun.

See a few examples below:

Baseball mom cries foul after son injured running to first, files $1M suit against Nations Baseball, Comcast

Lawsuit blames woman’s slip and fall at mall on slippery substance ‘thought to be ice cream’

Man sustains head injuries diving into pool, pursues legal action

Harris Co. woman suffers slip-and-fall on pool deck, files lawsuit

Woman says unsecured umbrella at community pool inflicted head injury

Lawsuit filed over Harris Co. man’s alleged injuries suffered during Fourth of July fireworks show

Woman sustains leg injury while roller skating at family reunion, brings lawsuit against host venue

Stand Up for Summer

A splashless summer is one thing, but it seems no summer activity is safe from lawsuits. Frivolous lawsuits can drive up costs for consumers and small businesses. They can take the fun out of summer, rain on your pool party or burn up your backyard cookout.

Let’s stand up for summer and for common sense in our civil courts system. Common sense can help you avoid being on the receiving end of a lawsuit – and could help you from filing one, too. 

WATCH: #StandUpforSummer

Statement on Senate Bill 1189

AUSTIN, TEXASThe following statement regarding the Texas House’s preliminary approval of Senate Bill 1189, relating to deceptive advertising of legal services, should be attributed to Marcus Jahns, chairman of  Texans Against Lawsuit Abuse:

“We are grateful to members of the Texas House for passing Senate Bill 1189 by Sen. Dawn Buckingham, which will help to rein in deceptive legal advertising. Consumers currently have little protection from misleading ads for legal services — they’re everywhere, all the time and often scare people out of taking necessary medicines.  This bill will require advertisements to properly warn patients that it is dangerous to stop taking a prescribed medication before consulting with a physician. We urge Governor Abbott to sign this critical piece of reform into law.”