Tort Stays Alive

By: Stan Torgerson
By: Stan Torgerson

The Tort Reform Bill passed by the Senate Friday has been held on a procedural motion that could lead to more debate on Monday, when both houses convene at 3 p.m.

The bill caps jury awards in lawsuits against corporations, and is similar to one killed in a House panel Thursday. The Senate bill limits punitive damages at $5 million or three times actual damages.

The Senate version also caps jury awards for non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, and death at $500,000. The House bill never contained caps on lawsuits against corporations.

Despite the differences between the Mississippi State Senate and the House on Tort Reform, representative Greg Snowden returned to meridian from Jackson Friday still hopeful a compromise can be found.

"Actually I think there is," said Snowden. "Yesterday there was some feeling that probably things were falling apart but today things are looking up. People are still talking. There's still a chance."

The legislature convenes again at 3 p.m. Monday to see if the differences between the bills passed by each body can be resolved.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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