Haslam’s Tort Reform Bill Clears First Hurdle

Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal for limiting damages that can be awarded against negligent businesses and health professionals made its first step through the Legislature’s committee system on Wednesday.
The House Judiciary Subcommittee approved the HB2008 on a voice vote with no discussion and no consideration of amendments other than adopting one prepared by the Haslam administration. The panel had held extensive hearings on the measure at two earlier meetings.
The Haslam amendment, as adopted, makes several changes in the orginal bill. Perhaps most notably, the maximum award of non-economic damages is increased from $750,000 to $1 million and declares that no cap will apply in cases where the defendant intentionally tried to harm the victim.
An earlier draft of the Haslam amendment had proposed raising the maximum level of non-economic damages to $1.25 million.
The bill now goes to the full House Judiciary Committee, where further amendments may be considered.

2 thoughts on “Haslam’s Tort Reform Bill Clears First Hurdle

  1. Observer43

    ” Voice vote with no discussion”, can you say Railroad? Shouldn’t the legislators that voted for this want to be on record? This is purely Corporations and Insurance Companies vs. Real People. Even the moderate Republicans will say privately that this is a bill is B.S …but they are afraid to cross the Governor and his corporate buddies!

  2. jim

    This bill hurts every citizen in the state that might be seriously injured in an accident or by a doctor, hospital or nursing home. Imagine a young girl being horribly disfigured in a tractor trailer accident. small medical bills, no lost wages- but she will be disfigured for the rest of her life. And you want to limit her pain and suffering damages? This bill is not about frivilous lawsuits- it is about making businesses not liable for bad accidents that are when they have been found to be at fault. If you want to do something about frivilous lawsuits there are things you can do – but this isn’t it. If the citizens really knew what was going on they would be outraged.

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