House approves changes to laws on lawsuits

  • Article by: JIM RAGSDALE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 1, 2012 - 10:54 PM

Republicans say tort law changes will make businesses more competitive. DFLers say they'll burden plaintiffs.

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drichmnFeb. 1, 12 9:15 PM

the government should get out of the way unless the business community has its hand out.

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iplawguyFeb. 1, 12 9:19 PM

Great news! This is a step in the right direction. But if state lawmakers are really serious, they need to introduce a "loser pays" tort reform bill. Such a limitation would help discourage some of the nuisance litigation clogging our court system. This is already in effect in Texas, and it seems to be working.

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cas002Feb. 1, 12 9:57 PM

The GOP is out of control and on a rampage. They know they are going to get crushed and lose both houses in November and so have adopted a scorched earth policy. Fortunately, their majorities re so narrow that Dayton can veto all the nutty stuff

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mn2niceFeb. 2, 12 6:53 AM

In a way, this is no surprise. Republicans would gut every consumer right if they thought they could get away with it. Tort reform has long been a republican want. What's next? Medical malpractice?

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SensaySuaveFeb. 2, 12 7:29 AM

Good to see the legislature working on something so vitally important to average citizens instead of just pushing through more garbage to benefit the "job creators". Oh wait

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runotkiddingFeb. 2, 12 9:03 AM

These are much needed reforms to our court system. A six year statute of limitations is way to long. Even four years is more than enought time to get to a lawyer.

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joedenaborFeb. 2, 12 9:15 AM

Good to see the legislature working on something so vitally important to average citizens instead of just pushing through more garbage to benefit the "job creators". Oh wait---------------How many jobs could be created with that 10 million dollar lawsuit and 3 millioin dollar lawyer fee becuase some idiot thought that breakdancing on the top stair of a 10 foot step ladder would be fun. Hey, It didn't say not to!

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unionmemberFeb. 2, 1210:28 AM

I dont care which side your on - a good idea is a good idea!! Some of this stuff has gone WAY to far!!!

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actualreaderFeb. 2, 1212:07 PM

This all sounds great until there's a friend who's maimed in a construction accident that shouldn't have happened or a child who has e.coli-caused organ failure because a food processor wanted to increase profits by doing things as cheaply as possible. Thanks, Pubs, for revealing ours is actually government by the corporations for the corporations.

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vorenusFeb. 2, 12 4:44 PM

This Republican legislature reminds me of the time my black Lab was able to get into the refrigerator. He really enjoyed it and I was left cleaning up a huge mess.

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