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Steve Cohen has an interesting article, On Tort Reform, It’s Time To Declare Victory and Withdraw, detailing the failings of tort reform in the medical malpractice context.  In his article, Steve outlines some of the things we’ve learned since tort reform started passing in waves, including in Texas: 1) Tort reform hasn’t decreased healthcare costs. …

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I’m not sure how I missed this, but last January, Texas Watch, a non-partisan watchdog organization, released a decade-long study about cases before the Texas Supreme Court.  The study found the following: Corporate and government defendants prevail in an average of 74% of cases annually. Consumers have lost 79% of cases in which they were…

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We’ve been in trial so we haven’t had time to share this, but a week or so ago, Brooks was interviewed for an Austin YNN story about a recent case and judicial tort reform.  For some reason, YNN doesn’t allow the embedding of their stories, but you can watch the story  by clicking on this…

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Of course it has, but we’ve been telling you that for years. Now, it seems that others are starting to recognize it as well.  Late last week, the Houston Chronicle ran a column agreeing with what we’ve been telling you.  In it, the writer noted: In Texas, we’re learning what happens when you can’t turn…

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Yesterday, I wrote about the decline in Texas civil jury trials.  One of the key reasons that our founding fathers considered the jury trial so important was that it was a check on runaway judges.  Even Thomas Jefferson explained the importance of having juries as a check over judges when he wrote: [judges] are liable…

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The right to trial by jury in civil cases is so important that our forefathers insisted in including it in the Bill of Rights.  Indeed, one of the main grievances leading up the American Revolution was the unfair treatment of the colonies with respect to jury trials.  In England, judges were viewed as subjects to…

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This month’s issue of the ABA  (American Bar Association) Journal has an in-depth look at the Texas Worker’s Compensation System   (Insult to Injury:  Texas Worker’s Comp System Denies, Delays Medical Help).  The article discusses the reforms of the worker’s comp system, the insurance industry’s heavy hand in determining how the system plays out, and the insurance…

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The most successful advertising campaign ever has been the tort reform movement’s propaganda campaign.  And perhaps the most well known (and most misunderstood) case in that campaign has been the McDonald’s hot coffee case. Now, a producer has created a documentary that looks at the case, and three other cases, to tell the truth about…

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You always have to feed the beast.  Every legislative session the insurance industry and its lobbyists succeed in winning legislative victories that take away your rights.  And depsite these wins, they keep coming back for more.  It’s time to tell them enough — quit coming back for more. This year, the insurance industry and its…

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I love white sand and blue water.  For example, I’m sitting in my office, and I have 11 pictures on my desk & bookshelf.  Five of those eleven pictures are of my wife and I or my kids on various white sand/blue water beaches.  A sixth is a post card that says “Peace. Love. Sandy…

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