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Texas Two Step – Tort Reform Style

texas two stepMy friend Steve Lombardi, a personal injury lawyer in Des Moines, had a great post today in his Injuryboard blog.  In the post, Steve looks at a Texas medical malpractice case where the plaintiff’s claim was devestated by the tort reform era cap on non-economic damages.  I can’t do the post justice so I just encourage all of you to read Steve’s post, Stepping On The Little Guy; Dallas Worker Loses All Four Limbs And Is Awarded $177 Million; Well, Almost, But Not Quite.

The sad thing is that the business and insurance lobbies aren’t done.  Despite sweeping tort reform measures in 1995 and 2003, big business and insurance are over at the new legislative session asking for more.

And their not happy just trying to beat down the little guy at the Capitol.  Now, the Central Texas branch of Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (an inappropriately named group if ever there was one) is sponsoring a television commercial featuring Rick Perry that is blatantly designed to influence the Central Texas jury pool.  You can see the commercial at the CALA site.

Fortunately, there are a few people out there fighting for the little guy.  One of the best groups out there is Texas Watch.  Anyone interested in the justice system ought to pay attention to Dennis and the guys over there.

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