Letter to the Editor: Texas doesn't need 'change' that creates new ways to sue

The SE Texas Record Dec. 3, 2008, 11:11am

Dear Editor,

RE: "Texas trial lawyers spend millions in 2008 election cycle to support Democratic candidates" 11/24/08

This election was about change, but voters don't want any changes that create new ways to sue.

According to an Election Day poll conducted by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), the vast majority of voters believe junk lawsuits remain a serious problem in the United States.

That will be hard news for the personal injury lawyers who contributed so heavily to candidates here. The personal injury lawyers are looking to build on successes from last session�when they pushed almost 400 pieces of legislation that would have rolled back existing reforms, created new ways to sue or expanded existing causes of action.

Fortunately, their efforts failed then but with their recent and heavy donations they clearly plan to make a big push to pass their pro-lawsuit agenda in 2009.

As our economy weathers the worst crisis in a generation, attention to the negative economic consequences of junk lawsuits is critical.

In Texas, our much-improved civil justice system is a major factor in our state's ability to weather the current economic downturn.

Our state clearly doesn't need the kind of "change" touted by members of the personal injury trial bar and our families and small businesses can't afford any efforts that pander to these big donors.


Norman Adams

Director, Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse - Houston

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