"Loser Pays" a Winner in the Texas Legislature?

Loser pays; everyone wins.

It is the perfect sound bite in what could be the next tort reform battle in Texas: a push to require the losing parties in litigation to pay their opponents’ legal fees.

Also known as the English Rule, because of its prevalence in Britain, the loser-pays approach, advocates say, is the cure for courts choked with the costs of “junk” lawsuits. But opponents say it obstructs all litigation — without regard to merit — and keeps those with plausible legal claims from seeking justice.

In his February State of the State address, Gov. Rick Perry praised a loser-pays ...

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