After two courts slammed him for using what amounted to a “push poll” to sway a jury pool in a wrongful death case, prominent Dallas attorney William Brewer III has appealed a $177,000 sanction award against him to the Texas Supreme Court by arguing he didn’t violate any ethics rules or act in bad faith.

Brewer was sanctioned in 2016 by 72nd District Court Judge Ruben Reyes of Lubbock, who found the lawyer engaged in an abusive litigation tactic when he commissioned a poll over issues in a case in which Brewer was defending Titeflex, a company accused of manufacturing faulty flexible gas tubing that allegedly caused a deadly house fire.

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