Wis. Democrats Nix Negligence Law Changes

Law360, New York (June 11, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Democrats in the Wisconsin State Assembly have voted to remove a controversial item from the proposed state budget that would change the state's contributory negligence law by expanding liability in civil lawsuits where more than one party is at fault.

Although changes to the state's “joint and several” liability law were supported by Gov. Jim Doyle and trial lawyers, the Democrats rejected the proposed revisions in a closed caucus meeting Wednesday.

The Senate must still approve the change, however, and is slated to debate the budget...
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