Verdicts & Settlements
Ex-Texas Chief Justice Settles Suit Claiming Underage Drinking Party Caused Teen’s Death
Posted May 17, 2011 9:13 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
Former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Tom Phillips has reached a tentative settlement in a suit claiming an underage drinking party outside his house led to the death of a teen girl in a car accident.
The suit had claimed Phillips and his wife "were well aware that minors were getting drunk in their backyard” at the party hosted by their son in the summer of 2009. The teen, Audrey King, died in a car accident after she left the home. Tom Phillips, his wife and their son had denied the allegations.
Phillips is now a partner at Baker Botts.