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<br /> www.texaslawyer.com<br /> MARCH 21, 2011 · VOL. 26 · NO. 51 · $9.00<br /> DEFENSE AND PLAINTIFFS<br /> by JOHN COUNCIL<br /> T here was a time when civil-defense lawyers in<br /> Texas advocated for tort reform because of<br /> the benefit to their clients. But as the Texas<br /> Legislature considers once again altering<br /> the civil justice system, many are changing<br /> their minds about the need for more reform.<br /> On March 14, bills were introduced in the state<br /> House of Representatives and the state Senate that<br /> propose so-called “loser pays” provisions for most<br /> civil litigation. Two of those bills want to make the<br /> losing par ty — and, in one bill, the losing lawyers<br /> ATTORNEYS RILED UP OVER TORT REFORM BILLS<br /> — responsible for paying the prevailing par ty's<br /> attorneys' fees and litigation costs, but in completely<br /> dif ferent ways.<br /> <a title="Texas Lawyer, March 21, 2011 page 1" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/09af2be7?page=1"> www.texaslawyer.com MARCH 21, 201</a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, March 21, 2011 page 2" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/09af2be7?page=2"> 2 TEXAS LAWYER </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, March 21, 2011 page 3" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/09af2be7?page=3"> MARCH 21, 2011 </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, March 21, 2011 page 4" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/09af2be7?page=4"> 4 TEXAS LAWYER </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, March 21, 2011 page 5" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/09af2be7?page=5"> MARCH 21, 2011 </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, March 21, 2011 page 6" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/09af2be7?page=6"> 6 TEXAS LAWYER </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, March 21, 2011 page 7" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/09af2be7?page=7"> MARCH 21, 2011 </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, March 21, 2011 page 8" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/09af2be7?page=8"> 8 TEXAS LAWYER </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, March 21, 2011 page 9" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/09af2be7?page=9"> MARCH 21, 2011 </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, March 21, 2011 page 10" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/09af2be7?page=10"> 10 TEXAS LAWYER </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, March 21, 2011 page 11" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/09af2be7?page=11"> MARCH 21, 2011 </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, March 21, 2011 page 12" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/09af2be7?page=12"> 12 TEXAS LAWYER </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, March 21, 2011 page 13" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/09af2be7?page=13"> MARCH 21, 2011 </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, March 21, 2011 page 14" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/09af2be7?page=14"> 14 TEXaS LaWYEr </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, March 21, 2011 page 15" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/09af2be7?page=15"> March 21, 20113 </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, March 21, 2011 page 16" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/09af2be7?page=16"> 16 TEXAS LAWYER </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, March 21, 2011 page 17" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/09af2be7?page=17"> MARCH 21, 2011 </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, March 21, 2011 page 18" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/09af2be7?page=18"> 18 TEXAS LAWYER </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, March 21, 2011 page 19" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/09af2be7?page=19"> MARCH 21, 2011 </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, March 21, 2011 page 20" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/09af2be7?page=20"> 20 TEXAS LAWYER </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, March 21, 2011 page 21" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/09af2be7?page=21"> MARCH 21, 2011 </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, March 21, 2011 page 22" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/09af2be7?page=22"> 22 TEXAS LAWYER </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, March 21, 2011 page 23" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/09af2be7?page=23"> MARCH 21, 2011 </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, March 21, 2011 page 24" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/09af2be7?page=24"> 24 TEXAS LAWYER </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, March 21, 2011 page 25" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/09af2be7?page=25"> MARCH 21, 2011 </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, March 21, 2011 page 26" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/09af2be7?page=26"> 26 TEXAS LAWYER </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, March 21, 2011 page 27" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/09af2be7?page=27"> MARCH 21, 2011 </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, March 21, 2011 page 28" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/09af2be7?page=28"> 28 TEXAS LAWYER </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, March 21, 2011 page 29" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/09af2be7?page=29"> MARCH 21, 2011 </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, March 21, 2011 page 30" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/09af2be7?page=30"> 30 TEXAS LAWYER </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, March 21, 2011 page 31" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/09af2be7?page=31"> MARCH 21, 2011 </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, March 21, 2011 page 32" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/09af2be7?page=32"> How will you make your Mark? d A F </a>