Out-of-State Law Firms Violating Texas' Barratry Laws - Beware of the Scam
The Texas Bankers Association (TBA) along with the Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT) filed a lawsuit in the Tarrant County District Court on Wednesday, January 25, 2017. The TBA and IBAT are taking action with a goal of preventing out-of-state lawyers and law firms from soliciting legal business from its member banks. At least twelve banks have been solicited by out-of-state law firms in a way that violates Texas’ Barratry Laws.
The banks being solicited received a letter from these law firms claiming to represent a “visually impaired” Texas resident who has an “American with Disabilities Act (ADA) claim again the bank related to website accessibility.” In the solicitation letter, the law firms offer to settle the ADA claim if the “bank becomes a client for a two-year period.” According to the TBA/IBAT’s lawsuit, to “offer something valuable to obtain professional employment in a crime.” The TBA also filed a complaint the the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee of the State Bar of Texas.
While this activity was directed at Texas banks, it could easily be directed at any business especially those who service their customers using a website.
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