AP – Miss. Supreme Court to look at Tort Reform’s punitive damages cap

JACKSON — During a marathon 83-day special session in 2002, Mississippi legislators made significant changes in the civil justice system. They tinkered with those changes in 2004 to further limit awards in lawsuits. Those alterations to state law go under a judicial microscope next month.

The Mississippi Supreme Court will hold oral arguments June 14 on the question of whether a state law that limits non-economic damages in civil cases is constitutional.
What started out as a procedural question asked of the Mississippi Supreme Court by a federal appeals panel has grabbed the attention of various business groups, trade associations and Gov. Haley Barbour.

The lawsuit between Sears, Roebuck & Co. and Lisa Learmonth is pending before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

Sun Herald
5/8/11