In an article on the first page of the "City & State" section of Friday's (8/10/12) Houston Chronicle, writer Patricia Kilday Hart exposes the loss of rights Texans have undergone due to the Texas Supreme Court's extremist "tort reform" efforts to protect businesses from bearing responsibility for their misconduct.
A large percentage of United States households own at least one gas can. Plastic gas cans represent 95% of all gas cans sold in America which based on these statistics means that most of us at one time or another have either owned or used plastic gas cans. Due to the risk of ignition of gasoline and other fumes, a safety feature was invented 200 years ago. The cost of this feature is $1.00 and has been widely used on many products and has effectively prevented explosions in metal gas cans for the last 100 years.
Juries in Harris County do not reflect the demographics that makeup its population. Most people think that the diverse population is key to the jury makeup but the truth is that judges and lawyers play the largest role in deciding who stays and goes from juries. Winning cases is what motivates lawyers to remove or keep members on the jury.
Earlier this month, the Texas Supreme Court continued a trend of exonerating governmental entities from facing any responsibility for their alleged negligence by ruling that a city was immune from suit.
According to an article by the Houston Chronicle, 31 former National Football League (NFL) players, filed suit against the NFL on Tuesday in Houston. The 38-page lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court in Houston. The allegations include accusing the league of concealing the links between concussions and brain injury.
On Tuesday, a Fayette County jury awarded $150 billion to the family of Robbie Middleton. The verdict was rendered against Don Wilburn Collins, who doused Robbie Middleton with gasoline and set him on fire on Middleton's eighth birthday. This incident happened as young Robbie Middleton walked through a wooded area in Splendora, Texas. Middleton somehow survived the incident, but remained horribly scarred and disfigured from his injuries. He passed away when he was twenty years old from a rare form of skin cancer - which his attorneys attributed to his substantial and extensive burn injuries.
One of the biggest myths put out by anti lawsuit groups is the idea that personal injury claims cost small business owners billions of dollars each year. This just isn't true. Personal injury claims filed against businesses or individuals who have harmed innocent victims are one of the only types of lawsuits filed where the defendant usually pays NOTHING to defend. For defendants who have insurance, when a claim is made the insurance company pays all of the attorney's fees, all of the litigation costs, and typically all of the damages awarded. Some insurance policies even reimburse defendants for time they miss from work.