A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for the week of January 14-20.


Limited Liability, Unlimited Growth: How Tort Reform Helped Ignite The Texas Boom

Kathleen Hunker | City Journal

A combination of low taxes, light regulation, and responsible levels of government spending define the Texas model. Though the model is sometimes honored in the breach, it is generally credited with playing a significant role in the state’s striking economic vitality. No state has created more jobs over the last 15 years. As residents of high-tax, high-spending regions continue to relocate to the Lone Star State, the virtues of the Texas approach seem self-evident. One crucial component is often overlooked in discussion about the Texas model, however: tort reform.

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Court Scolds NJ Councilman Who Quit And Sued Town Over ‘Hurt Feelings’

Sergio Bichao | NJ 101.5

A South Jersey politician who sued because he didn’t like what other elected officials said about him has been told by the state’s courts to… well, deal with it.

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