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Car Wrecks & Cell Phones

Mar 24, 2011 — by Jeff Mundy
Tags: Car Wreck

The National Safety Council reports that drivers using cell phones, even in hands free mode, are four times more likely to be involved in a car wreck than drivers not using cell phones. The National Safety Council estimates that 25% of all wrecks now involve cell phone use. Juries are sending strong messages to drivers and employers that this risk should be avoided. If you have been in a wreck caused by a driver on a cell phone, call us to discuss the facts. http://www.nsc.org/news_resources/Resources/Documents/Cell%20Phone%20Fact%20Sheet%2012-09PCIrevisions.pdf


The Truth about Tort Reform in Texas

Mar 22, 2011 — by Jeff Mundy
Tags: News

Reprinted with permission from the March 21, 2011, edition of the Texas Lawyer. All rights reserved. Further duplication without permission is prohibited.

There was a time when civil-defense lawyers in Texas advocated for tort reform because of the benefit to their clients. But as the Texas Legislature considers once again altering the civil justice system, many are changing their minds about the need for more reform.

On March 14, bills were introduced in the state House of Representatives and the state Senate that propose so-called "loser pays" provisions for most civil litigation. Two of those bills want to make the losing party and, in one bill, the losing lawyers responsible for paying the prevailing party's attorneys' fees and litigation costs, but in completely different ways.

S.B. 13 sponsored by state Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston, a former criminal court judge allows a "prevailing party" to recover attorneys' fees for a va


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