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Jeff Levinger Participates in Webcast on the New Proximate Cause Standard in the Pattern Jury Charges

Jeff Levinger Participates in Webcast on the New Proximate Cause Standard in the Pattern Jury Charges

April 20, 2011 in Speeches
Along with four other Texas practitioners and one Texas state judge, Jeff Levinger participated in a live webcast sponsored by the State Bar of Texas that focused on the new proximate cause standard in the 2010 editions of the Civil Pattern Jury Charges.  The webcast, entitled “Proximate Cause Redefined:  The Controversy Over Substantial Factor,” discussed the extensive debate and deliberations among the PJC committees over the proximate cause definition, provided an inside look into how the change was decided upon, and analyzed how that change may affect the bench and bar.  As chairman of the PJC volume on Malpractice, Premises, and Products, Levinger was intimately involved in the discussion, debate, and decision about the proximate cause definition.

Subject Matter: Procedural & Evidentiary Issues, Products Liability & Personal Injury
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Levinger Speaks to Texas State Court Judges about the Texas Supreme Court’s Trends, Statistics, and Cases

Levinger Speaks to Texas State Court Judges about the Texas Supreme Court’s Trends, Statistics, and Cases

September 24, 2010 in Speeches
Using a power point presentation, Jeff Levinger presented an update on the 2009-2010 Texas Supreme Court to over 200 state court judges at the 2010 annual judicial education conference in Corpus Christi.  Levinger first presented trends and statistics of the Court.  He then summarized 40 cases in 14 different subject matter areas.  Levinger concluded the hour-long presentation by highlighting twelve cases that are currently awaiting decision by the Court.

Subject Matter: Business Litigation
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Levinger Participates in Panel Discussion about the Changes in the 2010 Pattern Jury Charge Volumes

Levinger Participates in Panel Discussion about the Changes in the 2010 Pattern Jury Charge Volumes

September 2, 2010 in Speeches
Jeff Levinger, along with Court of Appeals Justices Tracy Christopher and Jeff Brown and Bracewell & Giuliani partner Brett Busby, wrote a paper and spoke at the State Bar of Texas Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course about the changes that will appear in the 2010 edition of the three volumes of the Texas Pattern Jury Charges.  As chairman of the PJC volume on Malpractice, Premises & Products, Levinger reported on the changes that will be made to his volume, including a new instruction on last chance of survival, new comments about the use of “reasonable care” versus “ordinary care,” revised comments on the right to control, and new questions on negligence in products cases and breach of warranty.  Levinger also explained how his committee comes up with the ideas for these changes and revisions.

Subject Matter: Procedural & Evidentiary Issues
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Levinger Presents “How to Not Mess Up Your Case for Appeal” at the Baylor Practice Institute

Levinger Presents “How to Not Mess Up Your Case for Appeal” at the Baylor Practice Institute

April 23, 2010 in Speeches
Jeff Levinger spoke at the Baylor University Law School’s 33rd Annual General Practice Institute on “How to Not Mess Up Your Case for Appeal.”  Levinger illustrated a number of different errors that could lead to losses on appeal, including use of improper questions in voir dire, failure to preserve error in the omission or exclusion of evidence, improper comments in closing argument, submission of improper jury charges, and the failure to appeal final summary judgment orders.  In the summer of 2008, Levinger presented this same program at the State Bar of Texas Advanced Personal Injury Law Course held in Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.

Subject Matter: Procedural & Evidentiary Issues
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Jeff Levinger Authors a Paper on Punitive Damages that is Presented at the 18th Annual Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course

Jeff Levinger Authors a Paper on Punitive Damages that is Presented at the 18th Annual Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course

September 10, 2004 in Speeches
In a comprehensive article entitled “Pondering Punitives:  Issues Arising at Trial and on Appeal,” Jeff Levinger examines the variety of statutory, common law, and constitutional issues that arise in obtaining or defeating, upholding or overturning punitive damage awards in Texas.

Subject Matter: Procedural & Evidentiary Issues
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