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Don’t Let a Lawyer Be Your Doctor

As more Texans rely on the Internet and television for health information, it’s important to distinguish between helpful resources and misleading lawsuit advertising. Many ads attempt to shape consumers’ decisions, steering them away from doctors and toward questionable lawsuits.

Two pieces of legislation (Senate Bill 1189 and House Bill 2251) have been introduced in Texas that would protect patients by requiring advertisements to properly warn patients that it is dangerous to stop taking a prescribed medication before consulting with a physician. The legislation would not limit or ban drug-injury advertisements.  It simply would protect vulnerable populations by ensuring they have the information necessary to make the best decisions for their health regarding prescription drug use.

Dr. Christine Canterbury, MD, said of these legislative proposals:  “Patient safety depends on truth in advertising when talking about treatment regimens. When advertisements cause patients to doubt the recommendations of their physicians and discontinue use of their prescribed medications, the consequences can be very serious.”

Consumers with questions about their medical care and health should ask their doctor, not a personal injury lawyer. Additionally, patients should be wary of any attempt by a personal injury lawyer to steer them to a specific doctor.  The bottom line: Don’t Let a Lawyer Be Your Doctor!

From Asbestos to Opioids

From asbestos to opioids, trial lawyers are setting their sights on big payouts:

An East Texas county is suing a slew of prescription painkiller manufacturers and distributers in federal court, accusing them of fueling an opioid addiction epidemic that has gripped communities across the nation — in part by allegedly inflating the drugs’ benefits in treating chronic pain and downplaying the addiction risks.

Learn more about the lawsuit in Texas Tribune’s article, “East Texas county sues drug companies, alleges role in opioid crisis.

TALA Urges Support for Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act (LARA)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                          CONTACT: Jennifer Harris
Sept. 17, 2015                                                                                     (512) 773-7168

Legislation by Rep. Lamar Smith (TX-21) would implement meaningful lawsuit reforms at federal level

AUSTIN –Today, Congress is expected to debate and vote on H.R. 758, the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act (LARA) by Rep. Lamar Smith (TX-21).

Ahead of the vote, Texans Against Lawsuit Abuse (TALA) is urging voters to contact their Member of Congress to support LARA.

LARA would implement common sense lawsuit reforms at the federal level that have proven successful in state legislatures across the country, including in Texas. H.R. 758 would:

• Impose mandatory sanctions on trial lawyers who file abusive lawsuits in federal courts.
• Ensure that sanctions imposed on trial lawyers are monetary and include attorney’s fees and other costs that a victim of an abusive lawsuit incurs.
• Restore fairness and integrity to the federal court system.

“LARA takes a meaningful, successful model of reform from states across our country, including Texas, and brings that same consistency and clarity to our nation’s courts,” said TALA spokeswoman Jennifer Harris. “We applaud Rep. Smith for his work to bring the Texas model of lawsuit reform to the Capitol.”

LARA was passed by the House of Representatives in 2013 but failed in the United States Senate. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is co-sponsoring LARA companion legislation in the Senate.

TALA works 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. In the Lone Star State alone, more than 25,000 Texans support CALA chapters in East Texas, Houston, Central Texas, Corpus Christi, and the Rio Grande Valley.


CALA organizations urge Texas lawmakers to support HB 1692

Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA) organizations across Texas this month sent a letter to members of the Texas House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee, urging them to support HB 1692 by Representative Kenneth Sheets (R-Dallas). This legislation would fix a loophole within our current existing law that allows lawsuits to be filed in Texas from all around the world. CALA organizations believe that Texas residents should not be delayed or denied justice at the hands of a court system that’s clogged with lawsuits all around the world. To read the full letter, click here.