No. 13-0136.

456 S.W.3d 553 (2015)

NABORS WELL SERVICES, LTD. f/k/a Pool Company Texas, Ltd. and Lauro Bernal Garcia, Petitioners, v. Asuncion ROMERO, Individually and as Representative of the Estate of Aydee Romero, Deceased, and as Next Friend of Edgar Romero and Saul Romero; Esperanza Soto, Individually and as Next Friend of Esperanza Soto, Guadalupe Soto, Maria Elena Soto; and Martin Soto, Respondents.

Supreme Court of Texas.

OPINION DELIVERED: February 13, 2015.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Mauro Fernando Ruiz , Ruiz Law Firm, McAllen, TX, for Respondent Martin Soto.

Richard J. Plezia , Richard J. Plezia & Associates, Houston, TX, Peter M. Kelly , Kelly, Durham & Pittard, L.L.P., Houston, TX, Jeffrey R. Vaughan , Clark, Love & Hutson, Houston, TX, for Respondent Asuncion Romero.

Anna Meredith Baker , Amy Warr , Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend LLP, Austin, TX, Roger D. Townsend , Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend, Houston, TX, David Wayne Lauritzen , W. Bruce Williams , Cotton Bledsoe Tighe & Dawson PC, Midland, TX, for Petitioner Nabors Well Services, Ltd.

John Blaise Gsanger , The Edwards Law Firm, Corpus Christi, TX, for Amicus Curiae Texas Trial Lawyers Association.

Scott Alan James , Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP, Houston, TX, for Amicus Curiae Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers.

Ruth G. Malinas , Plunkett & Griesenbeck, Inc., San Antonio, TX, for Amicus Curiae Texas Association of Defense Counsel.

For more than forty years evidence of a plaintiff's failure to use a seat belt has been inadmissible in car-accident cases. That rule, which this Court first announced in 1974, offered plaintiffs safe harbor from the harshness of an all-or-nothing scheme that barred recovery for even the slightest...

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