Asbestos Tort Reform: Where Are We?

Law360, New York (July 21, 2010, 1:04 PM EDT) -- Several decades ago, in response to the growing number of lawsuits filed and rising damage awards, several states enacted legislation to alter common law rules applicable in certain tort-based lawsuits. Among the various examples of tort reform, some states placed caps on non-economic and punitive damages, modified the application of joint and several liability, and abandoned the collateral source rule, allowing evidence of payment or compensation from sources other than the defendant to be introduced at trial.

That initial wave of tort reform, which gained acceptance...
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