2 Years In, Pa. Liability Reform Hits Plaintiffs First

By Dan Packel (June 28, 2013, 7:08 PM EDT) -- A landmark statute eliminating full joint and several liability in Pennsylvania hit its second anniversary on Friday, and while the law has limited the number of product liability suits plaintiffs' attorneys are willing to take, the full impact of the change will become clearer in the coming year as more cases become ripe for settlement or trial, experts say.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's signature on the Fair Share Act — or Senate Bill 1131 — on June 28, 2011, immediately ended joint and several liability in the state, replacing it with a system in which civil defendants found less than 60...

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