Tort reform bill introduced in S.C. Senate

Staff Report
Published Jan. 30, 2009

Comprehensive tort reform legislation that addresses major civil justice issues was introduced yesterday in the S.C. Senate.

The S.C. Civil Justice Coalition is backing a bill introduced by Sen. Larry Martin, R-Pickens, that it says will prepare South Carolina to weather the economy and compete in the expanding global marketplace.

The bill builds on legislation that was implemented in 2005 by placing limits on punitive and noneconomic damages and class action reform.

Among other things, the bill would limit the amount of bond that a business has to post when appealing an extremely large verdict; and it would allow for the introduction of the nonuse of seat belts in civil cases.

Cam Crawford, the Civil Justice Coalition’s executive director, said the legislation will help promote a more favorable business climate and lead to more business investment and job creation.

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