The Texas Legislature yesterday passed a bill to reform the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, which insures otherwise uninsurable coastal residents’ properties, reports The Texas Tribune. Fixing the insurer “has stumped legislators all year, as it became a proxy fight between trial lawyers and tort reformers,” the story says.
Two people filed suit Monday after glass panels at the W Austin Hotel shattered and falling glass injured them on June 10, reports the Austin American-Statesman. The hotel announced yesterday it would close temporarily because more glass panels fell this week. “Susan Davis and friend Prashanth Magadi, who were both hurt in the June 10 incident, filed suit against the hotel and operator Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc. late Monday, alleging that the W had been warned about potential problems and failed to take appropriate action,” the story says.
A survey by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell shows 70 percent of firms think client feedback affects how they conduct business, but only 48 percent of the 415 survey respondents actually solicit client critiques, reports The AmLaw Daily, a Texas Lawyer affiliate.
The BLT reports, “Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr is facing the prospect of making $214 million in payments to one of its clients, in what would be an unusually large settlement of a malpractice claim.” But the firm’s co-managing partner who signed the settlement “said on Tuesday he’s confident it will prove unnecessary,” according to the affiliate of Texas Lawyer.
“Houston-based energy law firm Burleson LLP said Tuesday it added 25 attorneys, including three partners, in Texas and Pennsylvania to expand the firm's regional reach and work with clients involved in shale-based oil and gas production,” reports Law360.
-- Angela Morris