Texas is #40 in the 2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States. East Texas is at the top of the list of cities or counties with the least fair and reasonable litigation environment, with 26 percent of the respondents naming it the worst jurisdiction. The state of Texas ranks in the bottom five for judges’ impartiality.
Texans for Lawsuit Reform are asking for reform to tackle alleged abuses by so-called "storm chasing" lawyers. The advocacy group wants legislation to strip attorneys of any fees if they are found to have solicited clients door to door. Read More »
The Washington Post reports that Lisa Blue Baron, a prominent Dallas plaintiffs' attorney, told a conference room full of people she was "so excited about" the opportunity to pursue her "dream job" as a member of Hillary Clinton's team working to vet federal judges.
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John R. MacLean, an attorney in Texas, received an automated phone call from two Arizona law firms seeking to find clients for a class action law suit against the makers of IVC filters. These filters are medical devices implanted into the inferior vena cava vein to reduce the risks of blood clotting. Read More »
In a September 7 hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee over five of President Obama's nominees for U.S. district judgeships in Texas, Senator Charles Grassley questioned the nominees on statements written by the American Law Institute. Read More »
The criminal fraud case against Texas plaintiffs' attorney Mikal Watts and six others has now gone to a jury. Watts and the other defendants are facing allegations they signed up fake clients and submitted false claims after the Gulf oil spill. Read More »
A federal judge granted State Farm summary judgment in three Texas hail cases, dismissing all claims asserted by the plaintiffs. Two of the judgments also had fines for contempt issued against local counsel for the plaintiffs. Read More »
The Dallas Morning News highlights the U.S. Chamber's amicus brief in a case in which a Texas man "is fighting a potential $2 billion in fines from Hunt County for storing wood on property he owned." Read More »
Jury selection has begun in the criminal trial of Texas plaintiffs' attorney Mikal Watts and six co-defendants "accused of fraud and identity theft after allegedly inflating the number of clients" they represented in Gulf Oil Spill claims. Read More »
Corporate Counsel notes that Stanford and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP have created an "impressive" database to showcase FCPA statistics. "Stanford's FCPA database matters because it is visual and updated in real time. Read More »
They say everything is bigger in Texas, and a $2 billion lawsuit over a wood pile certainly fits with this adage. Government prosecutors in Hunt County are seeking this astronomical amount from Kirk Grady and Republic Waste Services of Texas, alleging that Grady violated 13 Texas water and health codes by keeping a pile of wood on his land before selling it to Republic Waste in 2002. Read More »