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TORT REFORM: Caps averted liability crisis but was the price diminished accountability?

A lengthy special-session rumble at the Mississippi Capitol in late spring 2004 gave the state a civil justice revamp the Wall Street Journal called “the most comprehensive tort reform law” any state had passed. That comprehensive change came despite the absence of any give anywhere. Compromise was as elusive as a roadrunner, participants on both sides of the issue recall. ...

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Tort reform has made a significant impact on Mississippi

A May 14 conference at the Jackson Convention Complex will spotlight the 10th anniversary of an overhaul of Mississippi’s civil justice system, an achievement business leaders say saved the state’s medical sector and polished the state’s image as a place to do business. What you won’t hear at the “Tort Reform: After Ten Years” seminar are the criticisms of personal ...

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Debate should continue about tort awards and limitations

In a recent story by Clay Chandler, a federal appeals court has ruled that Mississippi’s tort cap does not violate separation of powers A three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Mississippi’s $1 million cap on non-economic damages arising out of civil litigation does not violate the state’s constitutional separation of powers. The cap was the ...

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(VIDEO) Oliver Diaz talks about "Hot Coffee" documentary

Jackson attorney and former state justice Oliver Diaz spoke with MBJ-TV and MBJ editor Ross Reily this week about his involvement in the recently released HBO documentary “Hot Coffee.” Directed by lawyer turned filmmaker Susan Saladoff, the movie premiered last year at the Sundance Film Festival. Diaz said it focuses on several high-profile tort litigation cases including the landmark “McDonald’s hot ...

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Documentary at Sundance film festival features Oliver Diaz

By Stephen McDill The upcoming 2011 Sundance Film Festival will feature a familiar face in Mississippi politics. Former state Supreme Court justice Oliver Diaz will be included in the documentary “Hot Coffee.” The film, a behind-the-scenes look at tort law and the civil justice system, is set to screen Jan. 24 at the Utah film festival. Produced and directed by ...

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