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April 28, 2006

Governor Jeb Bush signed a bill Wednesday, April 26, 2006, repealing joint and several liability in Florida.  The new is applicable to all causes of action arising on or after the date the bill becomes law.  Florida law previously imposed limits on joint and several liability.  The starting point was several liability, except that joint and several liability applied according to a complex set of rules depending on whether the plaintiff was at fault, the defendant’s percentage of fault, the amount of damages the plaintiff recovered, and the amount of the damages consisting of economic loss.  The new law simply repeals the exceptions, providing that each party is “liable on the basis of such party’s percentage of fault and not on the basis of the doctrine of joint and several liability.”


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