Victory in the Tort Reform War

The tort reform war is over and business has won. Here is a link to an article from Business Week on-line declaring victory in the tort reform movement.  www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/07_02/b4016001.htm The article is an interesting read.  It is consistent with my post from September about  a jury climate that greatly favors Defendants. www.houstonlitigationblog.com/2006/09/articles/jury-trials/for-defendants-now-is-the-time-to-go-to-trial-in-texas/ Jurors have become so inundated with lawsuit phobia that it is next to impossible for a Plaintiff to get a favorable jury verdict.   

In the 20 years that I have practiced law, I have seen the judicial makeup of Texas change from virtually all Democrat judge to virtually all Republican judges. During this same time period, I have seen juror attitudes change from favoring the Plaintiff to now favoring the Defendant.  As a result, those companies and individuals who find themselves being sued should take advantage of this trend. Ultimately, I tend to think the current trend will eventually shift back, the only question is when...........

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