N.H. Governor’s Veto of Civil Lawsuit Damages Bill Upheld

September 7, 2007

The New hampshire Legislature voted this week to sustain Gov. John Lynch’s vetoes of three bills, including one that would have restructured the way damages are decided in a civil lawsuit.

The House voted 254-65 to sustain the civil lawsuit bill veto.

The bill would have reduced options for defendants looking at ways to lower their liability. Businesses and insurers lobbied hard for its defeat. The New Hampshire Trial Lawyers Association and its allies had argued the bill was needed to insure victims weren’t hurt.

“Injured victims should be compensated fairly, but not at the disproportionate expense of those bearing relatively minor fault,” Lynch wrote in his veto messge.

The Senate voted 23-0 to support his veto of a bill establishing a cancer plan. The plan was enacted in other legislation, making the bill unnecessary. The Senate also voted 24-0 to support Lynch’s rejection of a another bill that would have given extra powers to the Supreme Court’s chief justice in an emergency.

Lynch objected that the bill was too broad.

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