March 17, 2006
The House approved the measure, eliminating joint and several liability, yesterday. It is not clear what will happen in the Senate.
I've asked before, but I'll ask again: Does anyone know of any data on what effect the elimination of joint and several liability has had in, for example, Arizona? The Florida story notes a belief that eliminating the doctrine will help recruit "top-notch employers" to the state; has that happened in Arizona? Malpractice rates gone down?
Sounds like other measures may be coming soon in Florida, too:
Rep. David Simmons, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said he believes there is ''a good chance'' proposals that give businesses increased immunity from lawsuits when people are injured on their property, reform the way class-action lawsuits are handled in Florida and impose new restrictions on expert witnesses can be passed.
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