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May 17, 2017

U.S. Chamber Applauds Texas Legislature for Prioritizing Legal Reform; Urges Gov. Abbott to Sign Hailstorm Reform Legislation

Today, the Texas Senate passed H.B. 1774 to put an end to abusive and frivolous hailstorm litigation. The bill now heads to Governor Greg Abbott’s desk for his signature.

Lawsuits over hailstorm damage have become the worst form of lawsuit abuse in Texas, with storm-chasing attorneys using loopholes in the law to amass huge, and unwarranted, damage awards and millions of dollars in ill-gotten attorney fees.

While these attorneys are getting rich, property owners in Texas are bearing the financial brunt of this scheme through increases in premiums.

H.B. 1774 addresses this abuse while protecting Texas property owners’ legal rights.

We applaud the Texas legislature for prioritizing legal reform and urge Governor Abbott to sign H.B. 1774 swiftly.

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