Posts Tagged ‘tort reform’

Tort to be tested by Supreme Court

The Mississippi Supreme Court will hear arguments June 14 on the constitutionality of the state’s $1 million cap on punitive damages in civil jury awards. The argument arose after the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals certified the question of the cap’s constitutionality to the Mississippi court. The Fifth Circuit sent the question to the state […] [...]

Barbour files legal brief concerning damage caps

by Published: March 2,2011

Tags: courts, lawsuits, state government, tort reform

JACKSON — The Mississippi Legislature has the right to enact caps on non-economic damages awarded in lawsuits, Gov. Haley Barbour said in a legal brief filed Monday with the Mississippi Supreme Court. The limit on lawsuit awards and other tort reform initiatives “have cleaned up Mississippi’s image as a ‘judicial hellhole’ with outrageous monetary awards,” […] [...]

Court asks for briefs in Learmonth’s damage cap case

by Published: February 14,2011

Tags: courts, damages, tort reform

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has asked parties in a federal lawsuit to file briefs by Feb. 28 on whether a state law that limits non-economic damages in civil cases is constitutional. The issue was raised by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans in January. The 5th Circuit asked the […] [...]

Federal appeals panel questions damages cap

by Published: January 24,2011

Tags: courts, non-economic damages, tort reform

JACKSON — A federal appeals panel is asking the Mississippi Supreme Court if state law that limits non-economic damages to $1 million in civil cases is constitutional. The question from a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, dated Jan. 19, came in lawsuit filed over a traffic accident involving Lisa Learmonth […] [...]

Breaking News: Tort reform saved

by Published: September 23,2010

Tags: Double Quick, Lymas, Supreme Court, tort reform

Mississippi’s tort reform laws are safe, thanks to a Sept. 23 Mississippi Supreme Court ruling that upheld the denial of a $4.1-million jury award vehemently opposed by dozens of trade associations and Gov. Haley Barbour. Double Quick Inc. v. Ronnie Lee Lymas is a case relevant to premises liability as well as tort reform law. […] [...]

MEC-Butler Snow Forum on 2010 Health Care Reform Legislation

RIDGELAND- “How will the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act impact Mississippi Business?” [...]

Altering tort reform is bad

by Published: July 11,2010

Tags: lawsuit abuse, tort reform

Mississippi’s Supreme Court is weighing a case that threatens to undermine the state’s efforts to rein in lawsuit abuse. Earlier last  month, as the Greenwood Commonwealth recently pointed out in an editorial, the justices heard arguments about a civil judgment in a Humphreys County case that left both sides unhappy. In 2008, a jury awarded […] [...]

Tort-cap case headed to Supreme Court

by Published: May 11,2010

Tags: courts, tort reform

See related stories: The End of Tort Reform? Jan. 11, 2010 Survey: State’s legal environment near bottom March 22, 2010 JACKSON — Attorneys for Ronnie Lymas go to the Mississippi Supreme Court June 8 hoping to resurrect a $4.1-million jury verdict vehemently opposed by dozens of trade associations and Gov. Haley Barbour. Critics say Lymas […] [...]

Survey ranks state’s legal environment near bottom

by Published: March 22,2010

Tags: corporate law, law, legal climate, tort reform

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) has released its survey ranking the states with the best and worst legal climates in the country. According to the survey, the states with the worst legal climates are California (46th), Alabama (47th), Mississippi (48th), Louisiana (49th), and West Virginia (50th). The states with the […] [...]

The end of tort reform?

by Published: January 11,2010

Tags: Supreme Court, tort reform

Case before Supreme Court challenges Mississippi’s 2004 law A case that could repeal 2004 tort reform law capping non-economic damage awards at $1 million is pending before the state Supreme Court, and more than 50 parties have filed briefs supporting or objecting to the appeal. Mississippi’s tort reform laws, some of the most comprehensive in […] [...]

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