Tort Reform News

Ohio High Court Upholds Damages Cap for Woman Raped by Pastor as Teen

The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a request from a woman raped by a pastor when she was 15 to boost the amount of damages paid by the church where the minister worked. Attorneys for the woman and her …

Pennsylvania Governor Signs Benevolent Gesture Medical Professional Liability Act

A decade after a back-and-forth legislative battle that saw both doctors and lawyers visiting the state capitol by the hundreds – perhaps thousands – to argue for or against tort reforms that led to state law modifications in 2003, the …

Missouri Lawmakers Add Limits on Liability Lawsuits

Missouri lawmakers have chipped away at the ability of injury victims to win money in court cases – nixing big-dollar judgments in some lead poisoning and traffic accident cases, and shielding volunteer health care workers from all but the most …

Oklahoma Governor Praises Legislature for Lawsuit Bills

Gov. Mary Fallin is praising the Legislature for the quick passage of nearly two dozen bills to overhaul the state’s civil justice code and says she plans to sign the measures “very quickly.” Fallin said Tuesday she has two weeks …

A Decade Later Texas Tort Reform Sees Suits, Payouts Drop

Ten years after the Texas Legislature capped damages in the state’s medical malpractice lawsuits, the number of suits and the amounts paid out have fallen sharply. The Austin American Statesman reported Sunday that state Department of Insurance data shows medical …

Mississippi State Courts Not Bound by Federal Court’s Ruling

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision that Mississippi’s $1 million cap on noneconomic damages arising from civil litigation does not violate the state constitution’s separation of powers clause does not necessarily mean state courts have to abide by the …

Arkansas Lawmakers Weigh Competing Tort Reform Ideas

Arkansas lawmakers are weighing competing ballot measures to address rulings that overturned parts of a 2003 tort reform law, including a proposal to give the Legislature the authority to write the rules and practices for the state’s courts. The move …

Can Damage Caps Limit Medical Malpractice Exposure

Can tort reform limiting damages in medical malpractice lawsuits reduce claims? Yes, according to Tom Baker, JD, a professor of law and health sciences at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. “Damage caps do reduce liability insurance losses in the …

Nearly 200 New Oklahoma Laws Take Effect This Week

Oklahomans who drive drunk or fail to stop for a school bus loading or unloading children will face stiff new penalties beginning Tuesday. Nearly 200 new Oklahoma laws are scheduled to take effect, ranging from sweeping changes to the way …

Bill to Cap Civil Damages Signed by Oklahoma Governor

A Republican-sponsored proposal to cap damages for pain and suffering in civil lawsuits to $350,000 headed to the governor’s desk after the Oklahoma Senate approved it on April 4 in a vote mostly along party lines. The House approved HB …