The House Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence met April 18, 2012 to discuss interim chargesÂ related to Alternate Litigation Funding and Corporate Governance.
- Study best practices regarding corporate governance. Make recommendations on the confidentiality of communications to ombudsmen in order to provide more protections to complaining parties.
- Study the public policy implications of lawsuit lending and its effects on the civil justice system.
The League was asked to testify on the second charge regarding Â the use of alternative litigation funding. Â League counsel, George Christian, wrote a comprehensive paper on the legal background of ALF in Texas which was provided to committee members. Â TCJL’s General Counsel, Lisa Kaufman testified on behalf of the League along with U.S. Chamber attorney, John Beisner and Charles Shewmake, a representative of League member, BNSF Railway. Â All three spoke of the numerous pitfalls of the practice. Â You can hear the testimony at:
Lisa’s testimony begins at 1:49