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Tort Reform in Tennessee

Tort Reform in Tennessee

 April 22, 2011

By Joy Day-

Governor Bill Haslam’s bill to limit lawsuit damages in Tennessee has passed a key House panel.  Haslam’s bill was approved by the House Judiciary Committee on a voice vote on April 19, 2011.  The bill was then sent to the Senate, where it is currently scheduled as the first measure to be considered on April 26, 2011. 

As currently configured, House Bill 2008, also known as the “Tennessee Civil Justice Act of  2011”, has the following key provisions:

§  In a “health care liability action”, non-economic damages are capped at $750,000 per occurrence.  For other personal injury cases, non-economic damages are capped at $750,000.00 per plaintiff.

§  Punitive damages are capped at the greater of either two times the compensatory damages or $500,000.00.

§  Damages for certain catastrophic cases are capped at $1,000,000.00.

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