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<br /> JUNE 6, 2011 · VOL. 27 · NO. 10 · $9.00<br /> www.texaslawyer.com<br /> Attention-Getting Loser-Pays Not the Star of H.B. 274<br /> Changes to Responsible Third-Party<br /> Practice May Impact Counsel More<br /> by ANGELA MORRIS<br /> amorris@alm.com<br /> As the clock ticks toward the effective date for<br /> Texas' new loser-pays law, some attorneys say its highly<br /> politicized provisions may not have as much impact<br /> on lawyers as its changes to responsible third-party<br /> practice.<br /> Five lawyers and a law professor agree the two loser-<br /> pays provisions in House Bill 274 may have little effect<br /> on the practice of law in Texas.<br /> “The way the bill was initially written was a dif-<br /> ferent matter. But the way that ultimately the issues<br /> were resolved — I don't think there's going to be a<br /> tremendous, overwhelming effect on lawyers,” says<<a title="Texas Lawyer, June 6, 2011 page 1" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/946eec6e?page=1"> JUNE 6, 2011 · VOL. 27 · NO. 10 · $9.00 www</a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, June 6, 2011 page 2" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/946eec6e?page=2"> 2 TEXAS LAWYER </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, June 6, 2011 page 3" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/946eec6e?page=3"> JUNE 6, 2011 </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, June 6, 2011 page 4" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/946eec6e?page=4"> 4 TEXAS LAWYER </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, June 6, 2011 page 5" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/946eec6e?page=5"> JUNE 6, 2011 </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, June 6, 2011 page 6" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/946eec6e?page=6"> 6 TEXAS LAWYER </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, June 6, 2011 page 7" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/946eec6e?page=7"> JUNE 6, 2011 </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, June 6, 2011 page 8" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/946eec6e?page=8"> 8 TeXAS LAWYeR </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, June 6, 2011 page 9" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/946eec6e?page=9"> june 6, 20113 </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, June 6, 2011 page 10" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/946eec6e?page=10"> 10 TEXAS LAWYER </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, June 6, 2011 page 11" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/946eec6e?page=11"> JUNE 6, 2011 </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, June 6, 2011 page 12" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/946eec6e?page=12"> 12 TEXAS LAWYER </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, June 6, 2011 page 13" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/946eec6e?page=13"> JUNE 6, 2011 </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, June 6, 2011 page 14" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/946eec6e?page=14"> 14 TEXAS LAWYER </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, June 6, 2011 page 15" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/946eec6e?page=15"> JUNE 6, 2011 </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, June 6, 2011 page 16" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/946eec6e?page=16"> 16 TEXAS LAWYER </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, June 6, 2011 page 17" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/946eec6e?page=17"> JUNE 6, 2011 </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, June 6, 2011 page 18" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/946eec6e?page=18"> 18 TEXAS LAWYER </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, June 6, 2011 page 19" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/946eec6e?page=19"> JUNE 6, 2011 </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, June 6, 2011 page 20" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/946eec6e?page=20"> 20 TEXAS LAWYER </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, June 6, 2011 page 21" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/946eec6e?page=21"> JUNE 6, 2011 </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, June 6, 2011 page 22" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/946eec6e?page=22"> 22 TEXAS LAWYER </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, June 6, 2011 page 23" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/946eec6e?page=23"> JUNE 6, 2011 </a> <a title="Texas Lawyer, June 6, 2011 page 24" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/946eec6e?page=24"> How will you make your Mark? d A F </a>