barratry


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barratry

(băr′ă-trē)
The practice of encouraging or sponsoring legal actions, esp. frivolous or unnecessary lawsuits.
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The State Bar of Texas' civil case against Reynolds, alleging professional misconduct in connection to the barratry scheme, is set for trial to start on Dec.
Sure, it looks probably very attractive to say that a state representative is facing 10 barratry counts," he said, but "I'm very confident that this too shall pass, and I will be stronger because my faith teaches me that this is a test to build a testimony.
15, he'll be back in court for a civil case the State Bar of Texas filed in Harris County alleging professional misconduct in connection to the barratry scheme.
Grant said the defendants in the barratry case are due back in court in mid-May, with indictments not expected for three to four months.
This warrant and inquiry comes on the heels of my clearance from barratry charges in Harris County, and my office is fully cooperating with investigators regarding this matter as well," Reynolds said in a statement released on Monday night.
According to KHOU-TV in Houston, the Montgomery County district attorney has issued arrest warrants for Reynolds and seven other Houston-area attorneys on barratry charges connected to an alleged quarter-million-dollar kickback scheme.
Often referred to as "ambulance chasing," barratry is the illegal practice of offering legal services to accident victims within 30 days of the incident.
Reynolds, D-Missouri City, was arrested last year for barratry, which is also known as "ambulance chasing.
A law passed during the 2011 legislative session allows barratry victims who have been unlawfully solicited to recover actual damages and fees.
In practice, barratry ranges from small-scale operations - case runners approaching accident victims at their home or a hospital, and then selling the case to a lawyer - to large-scale schemes, such aswhen telemarketers, chiropractic firms and legal offices conspire to lure patients, inflate injuries and bank millions off fraudulent insurance claims.
I have seen a huge increase in this sort of activity lately," said Wendy Baker, the Harris County prosecutor pursuing barratry charges against state Rep.