Senator Robert "Bob" Deuell, M.D.
The Texas State Senate
District 2

For Immediate Release
June 23, 2003

***CAPITOL UPDATE***

Summary of House Bill 4, Part One

(AUSTIN) - During the recently completed 78th legislative session, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 4, the most comprehensive lawsuit reform package in Texas history. This article covers the first eight articles of HB 4. Next week's article will cover the remaining articles, which include the landmark medical malpractice reforms.

Article 1 - Class Actions

Article 2 - Settlement Offers

Article 3 - Multidistrict Litigation

Article 3 - Venue

Article 3 - Forum Non Conveniens

Article 4 - Proportionate Responsibility

Article 5 - Products Liability Reform

Article 6 - Pre-Judgment Interest

Article 7 - Appeal Bonds

Article 8 - Evidence Relating to Seat Belts

To contact Sen. Deuell about the legislative process, contact the Capitol Office at (512) 463-0556 or mail to Sen. Bob Deuell, Texas Senate, P.O. Box 12068, Austin, TX 78711. The website for the Texas Senate is www.Senate.state.tx.us. The e-mail address for Sen. Deuell is: bob.deuell@senate.state.tx.us.

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