Senate-House Pass Tort Bills

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The Mississippi Senate passed a new bill to cap punitive damages for businesses Thursday night. The vote was 31 to 10.

The House had adjourned earlier in the day and will return at 9:00 a.m. Friday.

The Senate rewrote a bill sent to the chamber Wednesday by the House. The bill now goes back to the House.

That House bill capped punitive damages at 4% of a company's net worth.

The Senate's proposal ties punitive damages to compensatory damages.