Haslam says latest lawsuits bill not negotiable

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam says his revised measure to cap payouts from civil lawsuits isn't up for negotiation.

The Republican governor told reporters after an education round table at a Nashville high school on Tuesday that he considers the most recent version of the measure to be in its "final form."

Haslam's proposal would place a $750,000 limit on non-economic damages like pain and suffering, and punitive damages would be capped at $500,000.

The administration late last week released changes to the bill that would create a special category for "catastrophic loss," which would raise the cap for non-economic damages to $1.25 million in cases involving serious spinal cord injuries, severe burns or the death of a parent of minor children.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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