Texas House committee will address barratry, mesothelioma standards at hearing

Marilyn Tennissen May 18, 2010, 3:30pm


The Texas House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee will conduct an interim hearing on two issues, barratry and evidence standards in mesothelioma lawsuits.

The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 26, in the Texas Capitol Extension (E2.010).

The Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee has broad jurisdiction over legislation pertaining to civil law, probate and guardianship matters. The committee has jurisdiction over all appellate courts in the state including the Texas Supreme Court and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

Committee members will discuss current barratry laws in Texas and their adequacy in protecting citizens from unscrupulous attorney behavior.

The burden of proof and damage calculations related to mesothelioma lawsuits and false advertising claims are also on the agenda.

Rep. Todd Hunter, a Republican representing District 32 which includes Aransas, Calhoun, San Patricio and part of Nueces County, is chair of the committee.

He is currently the senior partner of Hunter and Handel PC in Corpus Christi.

Hunter previously served as chairman of the House Committee on Civil Practices and was a key player in tort reform legislation.

Invited and public testimony will be taken at the hearing.

Personal injury trial lawyer William Edwards of Corpus Christi is one of the scheduled speakers.

The hearing will stream live on the Internet at http://www.house.state.tx.us/media/welcome.php

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