Honorable Robert Duncan, Chair, Senate Committee on State Affairs
Ursula Parks, Director, Legislative Budget Board
HB1711 by Fletcher (Relating to civil liability for prohibited barratry.), As Engrossed
The bill would amend the Government Code to specify that a client bringing an action to void a legal contract procured as a result of barratry may also bring a damages recovery action. The bill specifies that a client may bring a recovery action even if the contract the action is based on was voided voluntarily, and adds a $10,000 penalty as an element of recovery. The bill specifies that the expedited actions process established by Rule 169 of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure does not apply to an action brought under the bill's provisions.
No significant fiscal impact to the court system is anticipated. The bill would take effect September 1, 2013.
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