What Texans for Lawsuit Reform are working for in 2011 and beyond

TLR President, Dick Trabulsi was recently interviewed by the Texas Tribune about TLR’s success in the 2010 election. Video highlights of the interview are posted at tortreform.com, along with a transcript. Dick provides a very good summary of our goals in the last election and what we are working for in 2011 and going forward. I believe you will find it interesting.

We will provide you with information regarding TLR’s 2011 Agenda when the Legislature convenes in January. Many of you have expressed an interest in establishing “Loser Pays” reform in Texas. “Loser Pays” is a priority for Governor Rick Perry and we are looking closely at the issue now. We’ll provide the details of our recommendations in the coming weeks.

We also hope you’ll revisit the TLR Speakers Bureau Video and invite a TLR speaker to your community group or professional organization in 2011. All the information you need to request a speaker is here.

We have a number of other new features planned for TLR’s website, tortreform.com, in the coming weeks including more frequent updates of lawsuit reform news from Texas and around the country. We encourage you to become a regular visitor to the website as we roll out many new features early in 2011. You can also find TLR on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/tortreform and on Twitter, http://twitter.com/lawsuitreform.

Best wishes for a Happy New Year.


Richard W. Weekley,
Chairman & CEO
Texans for Lawsuit Reform

3 responses

  1. “Loser pays” is already the norm in contract cases. Parties can and do agree in writing that the prevailing party in any lawsuit related to the contract is entitled to his attorney’s fees.

    TLR’s initiative is aimed at tort cases (e.g. negligence, fraud, products liability). In these cases information which will prove or disprove a claim is frequently in the possession of only one of the parties before a lawsuit is filed. Thus a Plaintiff may know that he was wronged but cannot know whether he can ultimately prove the case before he files it and obtains the information in discovery.

    Lastly, lawsuits are often won or lost on issues that have nothing to do with the validity of the claim. The law already provides for sanctions for cases which are baseless.

    Depending on how broadly such a law is worded, it could effectively discourage legitimate claims. Who benefits from such a result?

    Information regarding TLR’s major donors can be found on the IRS’ website by entering Texans for Lawsuit Reform in the search form available at the following link:

    http://forms.irs.gov/politicalOrgsSearch/search/basicSearch.jsp

    Google some of the names to see who these contributors represent.

  2. Lenny Leatherman

    Thanks to John Rogers for his insightful comments.

    I believe those of us who do not have John’s training and experience as a lawyer, should consider his comments carefully.

    My only question is:

    Who would benefit the most if Texas Lawsuit Reform (TLR) went away; the citizens of Texas or trial lawyers?

    John suggested that we Google some of the names of contributors to TLR to see who they represent.

    I think we would also benefit by doing a Google search of those who oppose TLR; members of organizations like the Texas Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA) and Texans for Insurance Reform (TIR).

  3. As an attorney who has represented citizens and small businesses in the State of Texas I have experienced cases where my clients had legitimate claims against more formidable and financially strong corporations when the lawyers for the larger corporations bragged to me that their clients could afford to drag out the litigation and outspend my clients. Adding the threat of loser pay to the citizens of this state when facing such situations will not improve justice in this state but rather decrease it. As the earlier poster pointed out winning a lawsuit most often involves legal issues irrelevant to the facts and finding of citizen jurors. Courts already have in place the ability to assess attorneys fees against parties who file frivolous claims. The citizens of this state will not benefit overall with loser pay.

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