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Supreme Court begins mulling tort caps

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has scheduled arguments today on the question of whether a state law that limits non-economic damages in civil cases is constitutional. The lawsuit between Sears, Roebuck & Co. and Lisa Learmonth is pending before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. The 5th Circuit has withheld a decision in the case. ...

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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 court as part of the ...

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Barbour files legal brief concerning damage caps

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,” according to a statement from ...

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Court asks for briefs in Learmonth's damage cap case

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 Supreme Court about the constitutionality ...

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Federal appeals panel questions damages cap

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 and Sears and Roebuck Co. ...

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Breaking News: Tort reform saved

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. State tort reform law passed ...

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Altering tort reform is bad

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 Ronnie Lee Lymas $4.17 million ...

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Tort-cap case headed to Supreme Court

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 is not legally entitled to ...

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Survey ranks state's legal environment near bottom

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 best legal climates are Delaware ...

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