Fla. Senate Passes Tort Reform Bill

Law360, New York (March 16, 2011, 6:02 PM EDT) -- The Florida Senate passed a bill Wednesday aimed at overturning a 2001 state Supreme Court decision that prevents juries from hearing about the underlying causes of an accident in product liability cases.

Bill 142, known as the crashworthiness doctrine, passed largely along party lines, 28 yeas and 12 nays, with only one Democrat, Bill Montford of Tallahassee, voting for the bill and one Republican, Thad Altman of Viera, voting against it.

The Senate bill requires that a jury consider the fault of all people who contributed...
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