Pennsylvania Bill to Limit Civil Lawsuit Liability Set for Vote

June 22, 2011

The state Senate’s expected to pass a bill that would limit the liability of defendants in some civil court cases for negligence – a top priority of business groups and Gov. Tom Corbett.

Tuesday’s anticipated vote comes a day after senators approved the measure in a preliminary vote. The bill still must go to the House.

Current law holds all guilty defendants potentially liable for 100 percent of damages if their co-defendants cannot pay for the negligence resulting in death or injury to a person or property.

Under the bill, defendants found to be less than 60 percent at fault wouldn’t have to pay more than their share of the damages. Supporters say it’ll relieve companies of an unfair burden, but opponents say it’ll mean less compensation for victims.

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