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May 24, 2006

Debate Over Texas Tort Reform

The continuing debate over legislative changes in tort law in Texas - a debate no different than that in many other states - is reflected in a recent study released by the Pacific Research Institute praising changes in Texas law and an editorial bemoaning those same changes.  An article by David Hendricks in the San Antonio Express-News says that the PRI study ranks Texas as the best legal environment in the nation for economic development, citing several changes made over the last few years.  Those changes include limits on punitive damages, restrictions on certain asbestos-related claims, elimination of class action contingency fees, caps on pain and suffering and other non-economic damages in medical malpractice suits, and others limitations on products liability suits.

An editiorial in the Houston Chronicle says that the Texas legislature "has gone too far."  The editorial notes that critics claim that the costs of pursuing certain claims are so high that injured persons now "cannot afford to go to court and few lawyers will take their cases."


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