Wis. Gov. Signs Tort Reform Bill Despite Criticism

Law360, New York (January 27, 2011, 1:56 PM EST) -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a tort reform bill into law Thursday that has been criticized for protecting companies and nursing homes while putting a cap on punitive damages.

The Wisconsin State Senate passed the bill by a 57-36 margin in a special session on Jan. 20.

Prior to the signing, Walker, a Republican who was elected to his first term in November, said that the bill would ensure an economic environment for the state that allows the private sector to create 250,000 jobs.

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