Texas Lawyer Challenges Law Limiting Silica Suits

Law360, New York (September 12, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A Texas plaintiffs lawyer has challenged as unconstitutional a state law he says “significantly narrows” the number of silica liability suits, arguing that the law relies on a fluid medical definition determined by a private third party whose main priority is tort reform.

Houston lawyer John M. Black asked the District Court of Harris County, Texas, late last month to enjoin the state law that relies on the American Medical Association's ever-changing definition of “functional impairment” for asbestos and silica cases.

Black, of Heard Robbins Cloud...
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