Honorable Tryon D. Lewis, Chair, House Committee On Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence
Ursula Parks, Director, Legislative Budget Board
HB1711 by Fletcher (Relating to civil liability for prohibited barratry.), As Introduced
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
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. The bill adds a $10,000 penalty as an element of recovery for clients bringing barratry actions. The bill would take effect September 1, 2013.
Local Government Impact
No significant fiscal implication to units of local government is anticipated.
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