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Mississippi House Passes Tort Reform Measure, Issue on Hold in Congress

Mississippi's House of Representatives has approved a tort reform measure (HB 13) by a 75 to 39 vote. The bill, already passed by the...
June 8, 2004

Mississippi's House of Representatives has approved a tort reform measure (HB 13) by a 75 to 39 vote.  The bill, already passed by the state Senate, would take effect September 1.  It keeps an existing $500,000 cap on pain-and-suffering damages in medical malpractice cases and places a $1 million cap on such damages in all other cases.

Meanwhile here in Washington, Senate Republicans on June 1 set aside their efforts promoting legislation that would limit class-action lawsuits to avert a filibuster from Democrats, so that the lawmakers can give their full attention to completing work on a military spending measure.  After the Memorial Day break, Senate majority leader Bill Frist acknowledged that the class-action bill did not have enough support to be brought to the floor and agreed with Democratic leaders that a $422 billion defense spending plan took precedence.

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