Newly Blue Texas Appeals Courts Could Benefit Plaintiffs

Law360 (November 9, 2018, 5:17 PM EST) -- The election of more than two dozen Democratic judges to Texas' Republican-dominated intermediate courts of appeal in the midterm elections could mean litigants will see more deference to trial court judgments and more consumer-friendly rulings, experts say.

The Nov. 6 elections resulted in enough Democrats winning seats on the state’s 14 intermediate appellate courts to give the party every seat on two courts and a majority on a total of seven intermediate appellate courts. Democrats gained seats on the courts that serve the state's largest cities — two in Houston, and in Austin, Dallas and San Antonio. By comparison, Republicans will have every...

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