AUSTIN – The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s (TPPF) Center for Economic Freedom Policy Analyst Kathleen Hunker will testify before the Texas House Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee TODAY,Tuesday, March 10, at 2:00 p.m. CDT or upon final adjournment in Room E2.026 of the Texas State Capitol. Ms. Hunker will testify on House Bill 1122, which pertains to amending the number of jurors in high-stakes civil trials.
 
Additionally, TPPF today released an analysis of House Bill 1122, which seeks to improve the quality of verdicts in civil litigation by increasing the number of jurors required in certain cases. To read the full analysis, visit: http://txpo.li/hb1122-sb824-analysis
 
“By empaneling 6-person juries in county courts instead of the familiar twelve, Texas law opens the door for forum shopping and subjects Texas defendants to possible tort abuse,” said Hunker. “Texas juries work best when they consist of twelve members. HB 1122 will help improve the quality of verdicts and ensure equal treatment of litigants regardless of the venue in which they appear.”
 
WHO:             Kathleen Hunker, Policy Analyst, Center for Economic Freedom,                         TPPF
 
WHAT:          Testimony before the Texas House Judiciary & Civil                                                Jurisprudence Committee
 
WHEN:          TODAY, Tuesday, March 10, 2015
                       2:00 p.m. CDT or upon final adjournment
 
WHERE:       Texas State Capitol
                      Room E2.026
 
More information about the hearing can be found at: http://txpo.li/1MnGzZf
 
To schedule an interview with Ms. Hunker, please contact Caroline Espinosa at cespinosa@texaspolicy.com or 512-472-2700.

Kathleen Hunker is a policy analyst with the Center for Economic Freedom at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.  

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, free-market research institute based in Austin, Texas.

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