CALA Austin reminds of progress, but work still ahead with Texas’ lawsuit abuse issue

In Texas dental clinic case shows lawsuit abuse harms, dental services threatened, Estate of Denial® discussed our take on frivolous lawsuits including how a company having to defend against such actions can hamper the company’s growth, new employment opportunities – even its long-term existence.  Another recent post Harms of ‘attorney driven’ litigation shown in CLA, estate-planning class action lawsuit addressed another Texas company also targeted in a class action suit which ultimately found “all class representatives had no idea why the attorneys were suing the CLA entities,” a reference to one of the companies named in the suit.

This letter published in The Dallas Morning News again highlights information put forward by The American Tort Reform Association and Sick of Lawsuits, a nonpartisan, grassroots campaign of Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse.  It also reminds that while progress has been made, work is still to be done when it comes to Texas and lawsuit abuse:

Voters and candidates should continue supporting lawsuit reform

In an increasingly divided electorate, it’s rare to find issues that bridge the partisan divide. So, it might come as a surprise to know that in a recent national survey by the American Tort Reform Association and the Sick of Lawsuits campaign, an overwhelming majority (89 percent) of Americans agree that lawsuit abuse is a problem.

The concern over lawsuit abuse cuts across partisan lines. And, as the November election approaches, nearly three-quarters of the survey’s respondents said they are more likely to support a candidate who favors reforms to reduce abusive lawsuits.

Here in Texas, we’ve seen firsthand how reform works, as landmark lawsuit reforms have done much to improve our business climate, create jobs and ensure our courts are used for justice, not greed.

It is time for voters to weigh in again this November and for candidates, across the nation and party lines, to listen and act in support of jobs, not lawsuits.

Jennifer W. Harris, Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse, Austin


Voters and candidates should continue supporting lawsuit reform
Letters to the Editor
August 30, 2012
The Dallas Morning News

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