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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  • by Jim Location: Knoxville on Mar 29, 2011 at 11:23 PM
    1st act as governor, do away with having to show his income. 2nd act, do away with litigation. 3rd act, continue padding his pocketbook. Even the Republicans can now see thru him now.
  • by D. Scott on Mar 29, 2011 at 08:19 PM
    Finally, an elected official who understands how out-of-control our judicial system is, and is willing to begin the fix. This should have been done years ago. This will also have a positive affect on healthcare costs.
  • by Garry Location: Sevierville on Mar 29, 2011 at 01:01 PM
    Typical loser, glad I voter for McWhorter


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