Tribpedia: Texans For Lawsuit Reform

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Texans for Lawsuit Reform is a lobbying group which advocates for tort reform and limiting lawsuits.

Leo Linbeck, Hugh Kelly, Dick Trabulsi and Richard Weekley founded the organization in 1993 and initially struggled to find support within the Legislature. After supporting several winning challengers in 1994, and with the election of George W. Bush as governor, they gained prominence at ...

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Meet the Group That Sparked the Perry Indictment

Craig McDonald, the director of Texans for Public Justice, is shown at his group's Austin office on Aug. 18, 2014.
Craig McDonald, the director of Texans for Public Justice, is shown at his group's Austin office on Aug. 18, 2014.

Texans for Public Justice, the liberal-leaning group that filed the complaint that led to Gov. Rick Perry's indictment last week, has a history of messing with Texas politicians. Critics have accused Texans for Public Justice of doing Democrats' dirty work, but Director Craig McDonald said the group is solely focused on accountability and ethics. 

Analysis: A Betrayal Roils a Top Political Race

Politics is full of turnarounds, double-crosses and strategic misunderstandings. But a big business group's decision to switch sides in the race for lieutenant governor was a rare exhibition of political hardball. Texans for Lawsuit Reform left David Dewhurst in a runoff after supporting him in the primary and threw its support to Dan Patrick

Interactive: Track Public Education Donors

Whether they have a longstanding interest, like H-E-B CEO Charles Butt, or are branching into new territory, like Texans for Lawsuit Reform, some of the state's top political donors advocate for education issues. Use this interactive to track their contributions to the lawmakers who make decisions on policies affecting the 5 million students in Texas' public schools.

State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, spoke Wednesday as Texas charter school supporters rallied at the Texas Capitol to lobby the Legislature for more funding.
State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, spoke Wednesday as Texas charter school supporters rallied at the Texas Capitol to lobby the Legislature for more funding.

In Education Reform Debate, One Group Stands Out

Raise Your Hand Texas has been a key player this session, impacting bills like Sen. Dan Patrick's charter school legislation. The advocacy organization's influence in policy negotiations has won it both respect and exasperation in education circles.

Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen listens to HB5 debate in House on March 26th, 2013. There are currently 165 amendments to the bill and debate is expected to go well into the night
Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen listens to HB5 debate in House on March 26th, 2013. There are currently 165 amendments to the bill and debate is expected to go well into the night

Charter Bill Brings New Players to Education Policy

Texas Weekly

As lawmakers work on charter school legislation, lobbyists better known for their work in other areas have been showing up regularly at education committee hearings. Most notable among those new faces has been Texans for Lawsuit Reform co-founder Dick Trabulsi.

Trial Lawyers Make Big Play In GOP Races

Texas Weekly

Trial lawyers, the most reliable and generous source of cash for Texas Democrats, generally sit out Republican primaries. But this year the are pouring huge sums into key Senate races, hoping to elect Republicans who are more friendly to their agenda than the establishment-preferred GOP candidates.

In Texas, Trial Lawyers Sink Money Into GOP Races

If the 2012 primaries are any guide, the plaintiffs’ bar is becoming less shy about investing in the Republican side of the ballot — and Republican candidates are not being bashful about accepting the money. The jury is still out on whether the stigma about trial lawyers is fading for Republican voters.

Rep. Tommy Merrit (left) and his Republican primary challenger David Simpson (right) unexpectedly run into each other as both court Longview's Chick-Fil-A breakfast club.
Rep. Tommy Merrit (left) and his Republican primary challenger David Simpson (right) unexpectedly run into each other as both court Longview's Chick-Fil-A breakfast club.

Campaign Chatter

Texas Weekly

Political news from around the state, starting with a rematch of a lively 2010 primary race in Northeast Texas.

Soapbox: No Better Care, Thanks to Tort Reform

Texas Weekly

The sweeping medical lawsuit reforms of 2003 had two demonstrable effects: Doctors, hospitals and malpractice insurers got richer; and many contingent fee lawyers were put out of business. Which was exactly what proponents of the reforms wanted.

Soapbox: Better Care, Thanks to Tort Reform

Texas Weekly

Since the passage of sweeping medical lawsuit reforms in 2003, liability insurance rates have plummeted, doctors have flocked to our state in record numbers and nursing homes and hospitals are again operational. That's good for patients — and good for Texas.

Toomey with Perry in the Texas House in 1985.
Toomey with Perry in the Texas House in 1985.

Texas Lobbyist Mike Toomey is Force Behind Rick Perry

Should Rick Perry become president, it will be in no small measure because of the efforts of Mike Toomey, a lobbyist and onetime chief of staff to the governor who has tapped a sprawling network of donors, business allies and friendly (or indebted) lawmakers to help him accomplish ambitious political and legislative goals.

State Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas, speaking to the Senate after being appointed chairman of the conference committee on the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association on June 27, 2011.
State Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas, speaking to the Senate after being appointed chairman of the conference committee on the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association on June 27, 2011.

TWIA Deal Ready for Final Vote

State legislators say they've reached a compromise on reform of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, potentially averting a second special session this summer.

The Senate Business and Commerce Committee with Sen. John Carona (c), R-Dallas, votes to pass out the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) bill to the full Senate on June 22, 2011.
The Senate Business and Commerce Committee with Sen. John Carona (c), R-Dallas, votes to pass out the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) bill to the full Senate on June 22, 2011.

Lawmakers: Get Lobbyists Out of Windstorm Fight

Lawmakers and consumer groups say special interests need to butt out of the battle over the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association. The fight over how to overhaul TWIA is the latest proxy battle between two powerhouse legal lobbying groups, Texans for Lawsuit Reform and the Texas Trial Lawyers Association. Is it overshadowing those who stand to be most affected: Texans who live on the coast?

Lt. Governor David Dewhurst gestures toward Senate Democrats as they leave the chamber to caucus on Sunday afternoon May 29, 2011.
Lt. Governor David Dewhurst gestures toward Senate Democrats as they leave the chamber to caucus on Sunday afternoon May 29, 2011.

As Special Session Winds Down, TWIA Fight Continues

Calling it "absolutely" must-pass legislation, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said this afternoon he is working with senators to hammer out a bill to reform the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association. His optimistic pronouncement came after a Senate panel earlier in the day was unable to muster the votes to approve the bill — one of the key reasons lawmakers are in special session.

Texas State Representative Brandon Creighton, who chairs the House Select Committee on State Sovereignty, during a press conference on the Tenth Amendment.
Texas State Representative Brandon Creighton, who chairs the House Select Committee on State Sovereignty, during a press conference on the Tenth Amendment.

"Loser Pays" a Winner in the Texas Legislature?

A push to require the losing parties in litigation to pay their opponents’ legal fees could be the next tort reform battle in Texas. 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.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of Dec. 20, 2010

Ramshaw on how hard it is to sue over emergency room mistakes, Galbraith on paying for roads in an era of fuel-efficient vehicles, Aguilar on a disagreement about gun regulation, my interview with tort reformer Dick Trabulsi, Grissom on Perry's parsimonious pardoning, Hu and Chang interactively look at House committee chairs, M. Smith on an election challenge and who'll settle it, Ramshaw and Stiles on Dallas County's blue streak and Hamilton on a Valley school district that leads the nation in preparing kids for college: The best of our best from Dec. 20 to 24, 2010.