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Jonathan Wilson is an Atlanta attorney with more than 19 years of experience guiding growing private and public companies.  He currently serves as the outside general counsel of several companies and is the former general counsel of (NASDAQ: WWWW) and EasyLink Services (NASDAQ: ESIC).  He is also the founding chair of the Renewable Energy Committee of the American Bar Association's Public Utility Section.

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Tort Reform in Texas: Loser Pays
It's been interesting to see how tort reform - and in particular the loser pays rule - has come up again in this sluggish economy.  Texas recently adopted a loser pays rule, and the pundits were quick to jump on the topic as an example of ways to help the economy. 

The legislation (Texas H.B. 274) includes two forms of loser pays: (1) a requirement that courts award reasonable attorneys fees against the losing party if the party's claims are dismissed as having "no basis in law or fact" and (2) an 'offer of settlement' rule that shifts attorneys fees to the losing party who recovers less than what was offered in the offer of settlement.

As longtime readers know, I've written in the past about how both forms of loser-pays should reduce the incidence and the expense of litigation.  (Carter Wood has written that the Texas legislation is not exactly loser-pays in its traditional form, but it's still a step in the right direction.)
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Jonathan B. Wilson is an Atlanta attorney at the law firm of Taylor English Duma LLP.  Jonathan B. Wilson provides legal advice to investors, companies and business executives involving corporate law, securities law, SEC matters, intellectual property, website and Internet legal issues, start-ups, limited liability companies, partnerships, 1934 Act matters, outsourcing, strategic alliance agreements, contracts, and other matters of importance to growing private and publicly-traded companies.