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Press Release: The Blue Tarp Bills (SB 10 and HB 1774)

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Ware Wendell, Executive Director of Texas Watch, released the following statement in response to the filing of SB 10 & HB 1774 (i.e., the "Blue Tarp Bills"): 

Juries Protect

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When profits are placed over people and safety is sacrificed, citizen jurors guard our communities by enforcing the law without fear or favor. Those who block the courthouse doors and dismantle the jury box attack the very bedrock of justice. Help us #StandForThe7th. 

Texas Values

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At Texas Watch, we believe that if someone threatens our rights, Texans will fight to the end to protect them. We believe “liberty and justice for all” are more than words – they’re our way of life. This is our fight. This is what we stand for: 

The 85th Legislative Session

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The 85th Legislative Session is here and we’re ready for the fight. We’re ready to make a stand to preserve policyholder protections, make our roads safer, and protect consumers.

Thanks to your support last session, we were able to beat back insurance lobbyists’ efforts to rob Texas policyholders of their vital legal protections. Now, insurance lobbyists are coming back for your rights.

Stop "Swoop and Settle"

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You have just been involved in a car wreck. Your car is destroyed. You are hurting and disoriented. After you exchange insurance information with the other driver, take photos of the damage, gather witness information, and get to the doctor, what comes next? Often the other driver's insurance company calls wanting a recorded statement from you.

Statement on B.C. v. Steak N Shake Operations, Inc.

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Tori Sommerman, deputy director of Texas Watch, released the following statement:

Episode 15- Insurance Lobbyists "Set The Table"

On October 5th, the Texas Senate Business and Commerce Committee will meet to discuss a Texas Department of Insurance report on weather-related claims. But, some consumer advocates are concerned that the one-sided report could be used against Texas families and businesses. We talked to Texas Watch’s Executive Director Ware Wendell about his concerns on the biases within the report.

You can tell the Senate committee to preserve policyholder protections here.

Written Testimony: Texas Policyholders Need to be Heard

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On October 5th, the Senate Business & Commerce Committee will meet to discuss weather-related litigation in Texas. While industry insiders will testify before the committee and spin the anti-policyholder message pushed throughout the last legislative session and the interim, a key voice is being left out of the legislative process: Texas policyholders. 

WATCH: Deputy Director Ware Wendell Testifies at TDI Arbitration Hearing

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Since uncovering the insurance industry ploy to force consumers with disputes into the biased, secret process of arbitration, Texas Watch has fought hard to preserve policyholders' legal protections.

ICYMI: TDI's Arbitration Hearing Highlights

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UPDATE: The Texas Department of Insurance announced this November that it will not be approving the dangerous arbitration provision. This summer, you and thousands of Texas policyholders signed the petition to keep the kangaroo court of arbitration out of Texas insurance policies. Your efforts helped preserve the vital legal rights of Texas families and businesses. But, the fight is not over. Help us defeat insurance lobbyists once again by signing this petition.