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SERIOUS LEGISLATIVE ALERT!
The Texas Legislature is considering two bills that would destroy protection of insurance policyholders in Texas. The law that holds the insurance industry accountable for improper claims handling procedures is set to be wiped out by these bills. These insurance industry regulations have been in place for nearly 40 years and have prevented insurance companies from engaging in unfair claim procedures, especially in catastrophic losses (tornadoes, hail storms, etc). Without these protections, we will all be at the mercy of adjusters seeking to lower the losses to the insurer by low-balling and denying valid claims. Believe me, without these laws, people would suffer. The insurance industry is not your friend and it is trying to buy the Texas Legislature with its powerful lobbies and financial influence. Don't let this happen! Contact your state representative and your state senator and tell them you want a NO vote on SB 1628 and HB 3646. For more info and to speak out, go to www.texaswatch.org/protectpolicyholders . There is also an informative video you can watch at https://youtu.be/LcTRWI2MWgY

Partner Ryan Lee is attending the 39th Annual Texas Criminal Trial College at Sam Houston State University this week. It will be an intensive week of education and training to hone his already excellent trial skills to better serve our clients. Admission to the College is based upon referral by colleagues and judges. I am quite proud of him!
G. David Smith

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So-called "tort reform" legislation has been enacted over the past few years in Texas.  In large part, this started out as a campaign allegedly to keep doctors in Texas.  The rant was that doctors were leaving the state in droves due to high malpractice insurance rates.  A rally cry created by the insurance industry--it worked.  Malpractice claims are down, but premiums have continued to skyrocket.  They never dropped.  Now in Texas it is very hard to sue a health care provider, period.  Bad medicine has a license to kill and the insurance companies are laughing all the way to the bank.  As if the situation wasn't bad enough, now a retired doctor is trying to use the law as a shield to his negligent oversight of his cattle herd.  It's all about the Mooo-la. Check this out:  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/texas/article/How-a-wayward-cow-could-change-Texas-tort-reform-6123463.php?t=49e0b3143b29895b84&cmpid=twitter-premium#photo-7629152

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2009.  Ryan Lee Sworn in as Attorney at Law
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Practical advice about a drug arrest.  http://www.gdavidsmith.com/arrested-drug-charges-now/ 
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