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.

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WSJ Editorializes on the "Seedy" Collusion Between Plaintiffs Bar and Prosecutors

June 17, 2016 | News and Blog

"A seedy side of American law is the widespread collusion between the plaintiffs bar and government prosecutors, who trade contingency-fee lawsuits for campaign contributions," writes the Wall Street Journal editorial board. Read More »

In the News Today - April 13, 2016

April 13, 2016 | News and Blog

8th Circuit Applies Halliburton; Overturns Class Cert in Best Buy Case: Two years ago, the SCOTUS decision in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund held that "defendants have the right at the class certification stage to show evidence that an alleged false statement did not impact a company's stock price, thereby rebutting the fraud on the market presumption of reliance." Read More »

In the News Today - April 8, 2016

April 08, 2016 | News and Blog

Abbott Labs Prevails in Texas FCA Case: Abbott Laboratories has prevailed in a False Claims Act case over allegations of the company's off-label stent marketing. Read More »

Federal Judge Rips Plaintiffs Firm, Hands State Farm Win in TX Hailstorm Case

March 29, 2016 | News and Blog

A federal judge handed a win to State Farm Lloyds, issuing a summary judgment against the Mostyn Law Firm in hailstorm litigation the judge found "factually unsupported." Read More »

In the News Today - March 25, 2016

March 25, 2016 | News and Blog

Highlighting Legal Fallout from Gulf Oil Spill: Texas Monthly highlights continued "legal fallout" from the 2010 Gulf oil spill. Read More »

Abbott views tort reforms as good for Texas business

March 24, 2016 | News and Blog

Texas continues to draw businesses from California with its pro-business climate and increasingly because of its tort reform efforts, Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday. Read More »

Fishing Captain Sues Two Attorneys Over Allegations they are Connected to Alleged Gulf Oil Spill Scam

March 07, 2016 | News and Blog

A fishing boat captain is suing Corpus Christi lawyer Bob Hilliard and Dallas lawyer John Cracken, alleging the two lawyers "were involved in a scam to get millions of dollars by falsifying victims" of the 2010 Gulf oil spill, reports the Corpus Christie Caller Times. Read More »

In the News Today - January 22, 2016

January 22, 2016 | News and Blog

Indicted Plaintiffs Attorney to Represent Himself in Criminal Trial: A Mississippi federal judge this week agreed to allow Texas-based plaintiffs' attorney Mikal Watts to represent himself in the criminal case against him over charges of "vastly inflating the number of claimants for a $2.3 billion seafood compensation program" related to the Gulf oil spill. The 95-count indictment against Watts and others include charges of conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud, identify theft, and aggravated identity theft. (The Sun Herald and Law360) Read More »

In the News Today - December 23, 2015

December 23, 2015 | News and Blog

Texas Veterans Group Supports FACT Act: "This legislation will protect veterans by curbing fraud and preserving bankruptcy-trust resources for future claims," Morgan Little, chairman of the Texas Coalition of Veterans Organizations, said in a recent letter to U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX), sponsor of the FACT Act. (American Security News) Read More »

In the News Today - December 17, 2015

December 17, 2015 | News and Blog

2015 "Judicial Hellholes" announced: California, New York City, Florida, Missouri, Illinois, Louisiana, Texas, and Virginia were named as "Judicial Hellholes" in the American Tort Reform Association's annual report. West Virginia joined Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, Philadelphia, and New Jersey on the "Watch List." (West Virginia MetroNews) Read More »

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