The much talked about tort reform bill of 2011 called on new court rules for speedy trials in low-dollar cases, motions to dismiss frivolous or meritless claims and more. The changes hit the legal community in 2013, when the Texas Supreme Court published the new procedural rules.

How has House Bill 274 impacted the legal community since then? To find out, Texas Lawyer emailed questions to a district judge and lawyers on both sides of the bar. David Chamberlain, who typically represents defendants, helped to negotiate HB 274 and to draft the resulting procedural rules. Paul Wingo has represented personal injury plaintiffs in expedited action cases, and 68th District Judge Martin Hoffman has presided over cases in which lawyers used the new rules. Below are their answers, edited for length and style.

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