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Civil suit accusing Kent Livesay of barratry proceeding, hail attorney was recently charged with insurance fraud

David Yates Jun. 21, 2017, 1:58pm

EL PASO – As the ongoing criminal case against Texas lawyer Kent Livesay continues to grab headlines, court records show a civil suit against the hail attorney is also proceeding as well.

Kent Livesay gets caught in a storm of his own making

The SE Texas Record Jun. 19, 2017, 12:37pm

Edinburg lawyer Kent Livesay, for one, used to enjoy – and profit from – a good storm, but now the clouds have gathered over his head and the sky is getting darker.

Hail attorney facing criminal charges, accused of engaging in organized crime

David Yates Jun. 9, 2017, 10:16am

AUSTIN – A Texas hail attorney who has already had his law license suspended for a year is now facing criminal charges. According to a Tarrant County criminal docket, Edinburg attorney Kent Livesay has a bond hearing today. The offense – engaging in organized crime.

Texas Senate approves hailstorm lawsuit abuse bill

David Yates May 16, 2017, 2:54pm

AUSTIN – The Texas Senate has tentatively approved House Bill 1774, commonly referred to as the hailstorm lawsuit abuse bill.

Texas House passes hailstorm lawsuit abuse bill

David Yates May 4, 2017, 10:40pm

AUSTIN – Voting mostly along party lines, the Texas House tentatively passed H.B.

Texas House Calendars Committee advances hailstorm lawsuit bill

David Yates Apr. 27, 2017, 5:37pm

AUSTIN – The House Calendars Committee voted to advance House Bill 1774, commonly called the hailstorm lawsuit bill, on Thursday.

TLR gives update on bills being followed in 85th Texas Legislature

David Yates Apr. 18, 2017, 11:38am

AUSTIN – Texans for Lawsuit Reform sent out an email Tuesday, updating readers on bills of importance the group is following as the 85th Texas Legislature Session continues to unfold.

Public may be surprised by report's allegations about Texas asbestos litigation, tort reform spokesperson says

Karen Kidd Apr. 18, 2017, 11:03am

AUSTIN – A Texas tort reform group found information in its report all too familiar but it's likely news to the every-day Texan, a spokesperson for the group said during a recent interview.

Texas House Insurance Committee advances hailstorm lawsuit bill

David Yates Apr. 4, 2017, 5:19pm

AUSTIN – On April 4, the Texas House Insurance Committee advanced House Bill 1774, a consumer protection bill that implements what one group is calling “common-sense accountability measures to stop rampant weather-related lawsuit abuse, while preserving the strongest protections in the nation for property insurance consumers.”

Why Senate Bill 10 is needed

The SE Texas Record Apr. 3, 2017, 12:12pm

Our state Senate considering legislation to restrict lawsuits against individual insurance adjusters.

Mostyn Law calls out storm chasers, despite evidence showing firm trolls for hail clients

David Yates Mar. 29, 2017, 2:00pm

AUSTIN – During a recent hearing on the hailstorm lawsuit abuse bill, Mostyn Law’s head of litigation told members of the Texas House Insurance Committee that nobody, even her law firm, likes storm-chasing attorneys.

Bills to curb storm-chasing lawyers seeing 'strong response' from Texas businesses, individuals

Sara McCleary Mar. 21, 2017, 9:10am

HOUSTON – Texans for Lawsuit Reform (TLR), a nonpartisan group whose self-proclaimed objective is to “restore litigation to its traditional and appropriate role in our society,” is making headway in its efforts to curb “storm-chasing” lawyers.

Texans for Lawsuit Reform releases ‘The Story of Asbestos Litigation in Texas and its National Consequences’

David Yates Mar. 20, 2017, 12:21pm

AUSTIN – Texans for Lawsuit Reform has released its latest paper, “The Story of Asbestos Litigation in Texas and Its National Consequences,” a comprehensive look at Texas’ involvement with asbestos litigation – arguably the longest running mass-tort in America.

Senate Business Committee hears hailstorm lawsuit reform bill

David Yates Mar. 9, 2017, 6:59pm

AUSTIN – On March 9, Senate Bill 10, better known has the hailstorm lawsuit reform bill, got its first hearing before the Senate Business and Commerce Committee.

Tort reform groups voice support for hailstorm lawsuit bills

David Yates Mar. 8, 2017, 2:09pm

AUSTIN – On March 8 Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse groups voiced their support for Senate Bill 10 and House Bill 1774, legislation aimed at reining in hail storm lawsuit abuse, while ensuring consumers are protected.

Greater Houston, Rio Grand Valley Partnerships endorse hail suit reform bills

David Yates Mar. 6, 2017, 1:03pm

AUSTIN – Two economic development groups in Texas, the Greater Houston Partnership and the Rio Grande Valley Partnership, have passed resolutions supporting two state bills seeking to stop hail-related lawsuit abuse.

Despite rise in hail lawsuits, homeowner complaints at record low

David Yates Feb. 21, 2017, 12:52pm

AUSTIN - Despite a half million hail claims resulting in a record $4 billion in insured losses last year, homeowner complaints to the Texas Department of Insurance were the lowest number ever recorded.

Gov. Greg Abbott gives State of the State Address, focuses on tort and budget reforms

Dawn Geske Feb. 7, 2017, 4:30pm

AUSTIN – Gov. Greg Abbott has given his State of the State speech to the citizens of Texas where he addressed what his priorities and emergency activities will be for the 85th legislative session.

TLR announces addition of Sheets and Hobbs to outside legal team

David Yates Feb. 7, 2017, 2:05pm

AUSTIN – On Feb. 6, Texans for Lawsuit Reform announced the addition of former Texas State Rep. Kenneth Sheets and former Texas Supreme Court General Counsel Lisa Bowlin Hobbs to its outside legal team. 

This Texas model is the most successful one of all

The SE Texas Record Jan. 30, 2017, 7:15pm

What do you think of when you think of Texas models? Julie Henderson, Taylor Cole, Shannon Elizabeth, Kim Smith, and Anna Nicole Smith are the five highest rated Texas-born models on ranker.com.But they're not the ones we think of when we think of Texas models – not always, anyway. Our favorite Texas model is a program of tort reform.