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News Column Discusses Judicial Survey on Tort Reform

The Baylor Law Review-sponsored survey of Texas judges regarding the need for tort reform (previously discussed here) received further press this week. In a San Antonio Express-News guest column, Houston lawyers Peter Kelly and Jeffery Nobles discussed the survey and described it as “an important step in clearing the air about the court system.”  Kelly and Nobles concluded:

Most of the political myths that gave birth to the conventional wisdom about runaway juries have now been exposed as urban legends, and the Baylor survey of anonymous judges from around the state disputes what openly partisan politicians have said in every political campaign for the past 20 years.  When it comes to jury trials, Texans should ignore the politicians and consultants and heed the data.

The results of this survey were released back in August.  How do the “tort reformers” respond?

D. Todd Smith
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D. Todd Smith is an Austin-based civil appellate specialist who works with trial teams from the earliest stages of litigation. In trial courts, he takes the lead on strategic analysis and briefing, jury charges, and potentially dispositive motions, all with a focus on preserving error and positioning cases for appellate review.

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