Skip to comments.Politico: Trial Lawyers Prep for War on Perry
Posted on 08/22/2011 9:30:20 PM PDT by smoothsailing
August 22, 2011
Trial lawyers really don’t like Rick Perry, and one whose name should be familiar to PJ readers is gearing up to go after Perry as he runs for president:
Democratic Houston trial lawyer Steve Mostyn who, along with his wife, Amber, donated nearly $9 million to Texas candidates and party committees in the 2010 cycle said hes in the process of forming some federal PACs to take on Perry. That will likely include a federal super PAC that could take in the kind of massive donations that are permitted in Texas.
Mostyn said his political spending wouldnt just center on the trial lawyers agenda.
The legal issues are important and near and dear to my heart, Mostyn told POLITICO. But more important is the myth that were doing great down here when were not. Were falling behind the rest of the country, and the country is falling behind the rest of the world.
But the legal issues, as Mostyn calls them, are far more than incidental to the hostile relationship between Perry and trial attorneys.
The governor has pushed through a string of tort reform laws, including a 2003 measure putting a monetary cap on non-economic damage awards. He passed another law in the most recent Texas legislative session, making it easier to dismiss some lawsuits and putting plaintiffs on the hook for legal costs in certain cases that are defeated or dismissed.
Texas used to be a land of milk and honey for trial lawyers like Mostyn. He made his considerable fortune in mold lawsuits, back when “mold was gold” (also: a giant trial lawyer scam). Mostyn’s firm also made a handsome profit, no one outside the firm knows how much due to the sheer volume of lawsuits they handled, off the last couple of hurricanes that struck Texas. Those lawsuits left the state’s windstorm insurance fund depleted and the state at risk of bankruptcy until Gov. Perry and the GOP legislature shored the fund up in the 2011 session. But the tort reform successes of 2003 and 2011 have really put trial lawyers on the back foot in Texas. Two trial lawyers have emerged as the prime sources of funding for Democrats and left wing causes in Texas: Mostyn and the late Fred Baron. Baron’s name should also sound familiar; before he died, he used a chunk of his fortune to help John Edwards cover up his love child situation. Baron’s money also funds Matt Angle’s “shadow party” that I’ve written about before. That the Baron estate and the Mostyn empire are the prime engines behind nearly all Democrat activity in the state of Texas gives the game away neatly, proving that when the Democrats talk about good government, they’re really talking about government that’s good for trial lawyers. Mostyn even employs a couple of Democrats currently serving in the legislature. Another Democrat trial lawyer likely to be involved in a war on Perry is former state Rep. Jim Dunnam. Dunnam lost in the 2010 wave to newcomer Marva Beck, so he is out of the lege at the moment, but not out of power in Democrat circles. Dunnam built his empire in part on viatical settlements, which are means by which terminally ill people cash in on their life insurance policies before they die. You can look at viaticals as a service to the terminally ill, or a predation on very vulnerable people in their hour of need, depending on your point of view.
So you’re likely to see several PACs appear out of nowhere, funding slick ads and attack web sites casting Rick Perry as a tool of rich devils, or a killer of education, or some other kind of boogeyman who kicks puppies, hates babies and just might be a shapeshifting vampire in the service of the Bilderbergers. Mostyn is very likely to be behind those ads and web sites, and his actual agenda has very little to do with the content of the attacks. He is all about restoring the old order in which trial lawyers were king.
Bwwaahhaaaha! Poor, trial lawyers worried about Perry, crying the lowlife blues.
That's because he has pushed, and provided tort reform.
Already posted http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2767136/posts
Mostyn made a mint off Texas IKE claims by suing the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) for not paying claims or not paying them timely. TWIA brought a lot of that upon themselves for being $hits. Mostyn still has TV commercials running every few minutes to milk the last IKE claims.
The word from one Republican in the Legislature that I spoke with is that Perry signed a law that screws lawyers like Mostyn in the future if there is another IKE type situation.
One attorney I know that worked for Mostyn says the guy is a bit nutty. His ego is off the charts.
Mostyn can throw all the money he wants around but he won’t put enough together. Perry has donors like Houston homebuilder Bob Perry who will pour millions in to Rick Perry’s pockets.
Nope, check again.
This is bad news for Perry.
His campaign is sunk we need to get behind a candidate that can win instead. I don’t care how much of a RINO he is and even if his Dream Act policy and Bi-national healthcare plan is worse than Obamacare.
All that matters is winning.
Hey, you are right. Sorry!
Are you a trial lawyer? :)
Oh noes, I’ve just scientifically looked at every angle and it’s important that we win this next election and Rick Perry can’t win. It’s been preordained, don’t ask me to prove my arguement or anything though but JUST TRUST ME!!! RICK PERRY CAN’T WIN and we can’t afford to lose.
Actually it helps him, so you can go back to plotting his defeat by other means. :)
Or maybe people are just getting tired of all the snarkiness.
Mostyn heavily backed Bill White too.
You sound like a lawyer - why would we trust you and your “scientific” evaluation?
My malpractice insurance has gone down 20% a year over the last 5, after going up by that much every year before tort reform. Just wait ‘till “Loser pays kicks in.
You know, that’s one significant difference between Governor Palin and Governor Perry: perry promotes tort reform, Palin signed the very “Ethics reform” bill that forced her to resign.