Texas governor to sign “loser pays” bill

State Republicans will gather today for ceremonial signing

While Texas Governor Rick Perry didn’t accomplish his ultimate goal of a strict loser-pays bill in his quest to reform the state’s tort laws, today marks the day when he will make good on his campaign promises by signing a watered-down version of the bill into law. A number of Houston-area Republicans are slated to join the Governor for the ceremonial signing of the 2011 Omnibus Tort Reform Bill, which is designed to limit frivolous lawsuits.

The statute, which will go into effect Sept. 1, will levy fees against the loser when a case is disposed of on a motion to dismiss.

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