Texas No Longer ‘Judicial Hellhole,’ Tort Reform Group Says

Law360, Houston (December 18, 2012, 5:07 PM EST) -- A June decision by Texas’ highest court limiting liability of drug manufacturers in product defect suits was lauded Thursday by the American Tort Reform Association as a high point for a state that was once targeted in the group’s annual report on purported lawsuit abuse.

Formerly atop the list of offenders in the ATRA’s controversial “Judicial Hellholes” report, Texas scored points with the organization this year after the state’s supreme court adopted the so-called “learned intermediary” doctrine, which shields pharmaceutical companies from certain consumer lawsuits over...
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