Frivolous Lawsuits Stand Less of a Chance in Texas

Chris Hanslik

February 13, 2013

The Texas Supreme Court recently proposed a new rule, which calls for the dismissal of cases that have no basis in law or fact. Rule 91a of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, “Dismissal of Baseless Causes of Action,” is effective March 1, 2013 and implements the legislative policy initiative embodied in Texas House Bill 274, which amended Government Code § 22.004(g) to call for rules “for the dismissal of causes of action that have no basis in law or fact on motion and without evidence … [to be] granted or denied within 45 days of the filing of the motion to dismiss.”

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