A Close Look At Texas' New Expedited Trial Rules

Law360, New York (August 28, 2013, 11:55 AM EDT) -- The Texas Supreme Court recently promulgated new rules that require plaintiffs to bracket the damages sought in their initial pleadings and provide an expedited trial process for cases where less than $100,000 is in dispute.

The rules became effective and only apply to cases filed on or after March 1, 2013.[1] The expedited trial process limits discovery, confines the court’s ability to require alternative dispute resolution, mandates quick trial settings and provides for abbreviated trials.

While the new rules were intended to address an overload of...
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