Fla. Crashworthiness Bill Could Limit Damages

Law360, New York (March 28, 2011, 6:14 PM EDT) -- Florida lawmakers are weighing a controversial bill that would give automakers a powerful tool to limit damages in high-value crashworthiness suits, representing the legislature’s first foray into tort reform since Republicans took control of the government, attorneys say.

The Florida Senate passed the so-called crashworthiness doctrine on March 16, requiring juries to consider the fault of all parties involved in an accident when determining liability or awarding damages.

The bill, which would apply retroactively, would overturn a 2001 Florida Supreme Court decision finding juries should not...
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