Texas

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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In the News Today - August 18, 2016

August 18, 2016 | News and Blog

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 »

In the News Today - August 11, 2016

August 11, 2016 | News and Blog

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 »

U.S. Chamber Files Brief in Case of Texas Resident Fighting $2 Billion Wood Pile Lawsuit

August 08, 2016 | News and Blog

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 »

In the News Today - July 28, 2016

July 28, 2016 | News and Blog

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 »

In the News Today - July 20, 2016

July 20, 2016 | News and Blog

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 »

Come and Take It: Texas Resident Fights $2 Billion Wood Pile Lawsuit

July 19, 2016 | News and Blog

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 »

In the News Today - July 19, 2016

July 19, 2016 | News and Blog

On the first day of their criminal trial, Texas plaintiffs' attorney Mikal Watts and six co-defendants had their indictment reduced to 73 charges from the original 95. Read More »

Criminal Trial of Texas Plaintiffs' Attorney to Begin Today over Gulf Oil Spill Fraud Allegations

July 18, 2016 | News and Blog

The criminal trial of Texas plaintiffs' attorney Mikal Watts is set to begin today. Read More »

In the News Today - July 13, 2016

July 13, 2016 | News and Blog

Four Vietnamese seafood workers and fishing boat owners have filed a complaint against their own plaintiffs' lawyers. The workers allege they agreed to be represented by the plaintiffs' firm in low-dollar claims against BP over work they supposedly performed during the Gulf oil spill cleanup, but that the "law firm improperly attempted to extend its representation to higher-value claims for economic losses." Read More »

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 »

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