Philly Collapse Victims Jumped Hurdle Of State Liability Law

Law360, Philadelphia (February 10, 2017, 5:34 PM EST) -- Wednesday’s record-setting $227 million settlement ending the civil trial over a 2013 fatal building collapse in Philadelphia was hastened by a harsh jury verdict that helped defang a 2011 liability reform statute that has hit plaintiffs hardest by limiting their avenues for collecting damages.

The Fair Share Act put an end to joint and several liability in the state, replacing it with a system in which civil defendants found less than 60 percent liable are only responsible for their proportionate share of a damages verdict. This posed a challenge in a case where two defendants already convicted of involuntary manslaughter and...

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