AUSTIN, TEXAS (Feb. 13, 2017)—The following statement regarding today’s hail storm lawsuit reform bill (SB 10) filing should be attributed to Jennifer Harris, executive director and spokesperson for Texans Against Lawsuit Abuse (TALA):
“Today in Texas, storm chasing is the new ambulance chasing, and that’s why we laud Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and Sen. Kelly Hancock for making hail storm lawsuit reform a top priority this legislative session.
“Hail storm lawyers are writing a new chapter in the annals of Texas lawsuit abuse history, and already these questionable hail storm suits are not only making headlines, they’ve landed Texas back on the ‘hellholes’ list of legal jurisdictions known for abusive legal tactics.
“Storm-chasing personal injury lawyers are lining their pockets at the expense of everyday Texans, findings Texans Against Lawsuit Abuse documented in a study of the issue released in 2014. The high number of lawsuits increases consumer costs and, in some places, makes it harder to find necessary insurance coverage.
“Senate Bill 10 will help rein in these abusive hail storm lawsuit tactics that have caused tens of thousands of homeowners to lose their property insurance, while also working to ensure consumers are protected from skyrocketing insurance rates.”
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Texans Against Lawsuit Abuse (tala.com) is a non-profit, statewide grassroots coalition dedicated to educating the public about the cost and consequences of lawsuit abuse, challenging those who abuse our legal system, and returning common sense and fairness to our courts. Created by citizens concerned about junk lawsuits and the price we all pay for lawsuit abuse, TALA is supported by thousands of small businesspeople, health care providers, consumers and taxpayers. Follow us on Twitter at @TexasTALA.
Media contact: Jennifer Harris, jharris (at) jwhcommunications (dot) com, 512-773-7168.