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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Louisiana Rejects Lower Threshold for Jury Trials

Louisiana has a $50,000 threshold for a jury trial.   The Times-Picayune reports that:

Rep. Tony Ligi, R-Metairie, proposed lowering the cap to $15,000 in tort cases, chiefly personal injury cases. He originally filed House Bill 343 with a $5,000 threshold, but was unable to win over his colleagues on the Civil Law and Procedure Committee, which jettisoned the idea by a 7-5 margin.


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Who in unable to claim $50,000 in a personal injury case where pain and suffering are not strictly linked the a particular dollar value?

Torts under $50,000 would surely be predominantly property damage cases (e.g. fender benders with no personal injuries, or drunk guy accidentally blows up shed kind of cases), or business torts (e.g. conversion, or breaches of fiduciary duty with very small trusts, or intentional inteference with contract in a case involving a hot dog stand).

Posted by: ohwilleke | Apr 3, 2012 4:19:02 PM

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