Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive

Wednesday, June 2, 1999


Class action lawsuits will now be litigated by state lawyers

AUSTIN - Attorney General John Cornyn today announced that University of Texas Law Professor Jack Ratliff joined the Attorney General's office as Special Counsel. Ratliff has taken a leave of absence from his teaching duties. He will oversee complex litigation matters and will spearhead efforts to use state lawyers to represent Texans in complex matters, including class-action lawsuits. Professor Ratliff has practiced, consulted and taught for more than 25 years in the area of complex and class-action litigation.

"I am extremely proud to have Professor Ratliff as a member of my staff. With his expertise and guidance, the Attorney General's office will now litigate legitimate class action lawsuits on behalf of the state. As a member of the Texas Supreme Court, I saw that the class action lawyers who settled these cases enjoyed huge attorney fees while the victims received an insignificant amount or a mere coupon. With my office and with Jack Ratliff's help, consumers will receive the full benefit of any recovery," said Attorney General Cornyn.

Ratliff is a native of Sonora, Texas, and an honors Plan II graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. In 1957, he enlisted with the United States Navy and served as a destroyer deck officer and a Navy SEAL. After he was honorably discharged, he attended University of Texas School of Law where he was an officer and Comment Editor of the University of Texas Law Review.

Mr. Ratliff was formerly an attorney with the El Paso firm of Ratliff, Haynes and Stadling before teaching at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. Ratliff co-authored, with William Powers, "Another Look at No Evidence and Insufficient Evidence" and authored articles on "Products Liability" and "Offensive Collateral Estoppel," among others. He has served as counsel and consulted on class action cases involving asbestos, breast implants, gasoline spills, plant explosions, insurance practices, securities, usury, and deceptive trade practices.