Miss. Gov. Asks 5th Circ. To Uphold Noneconomic Damages Cap

Law360, New York (December 17, 2012, 6:15 PM EST) -- Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Monday urged the Fifth Circuit to uphold a $1 million cap on damages for pain and suffering, saying the limit was crucial to reducing insurance premiums, boosting local economies and shedding the state’s reputation as a haven for “jackpot justice.”

Noting that Mississippi once was a poster child for tort reform that was derided as a “judicial hellhole,” Bryant pressed the appeals court to endorse the ceiling for noneconomic damages, saying state lawmakers clearly have authority to restrict the size of...
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