Loser-Pays Bill Clears Texas House

Texas got one step closer today to becoming one of the few states with a rule that awards legal fees to prevailing parties in lawsuits. 

After House Republicans "called the question" Saturday — suspending all debate to slap down Democratic efforts to derail the legislation on technicalities — HB 274, from Rep. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, got initial approval from the body. This afternoon, it passed the lower chamber on third reading. Now it goes on to the Senate. 

The bill enacts a modified loser-pays rule that allows winning parties to recover litigation costs in breach of contract suits or if a judge ...

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