Gov. Phil Bryant says scrapping Mississippi’s tort reform laws would hinder economic development and cost the state the jobs that it brings. He makes the argument in new court papers that ask a federal court to uphold the constitutionality of a $1 million cap on non-economic damages.
The lawsuit, first filed in in 2006, claims Mississippi’s $1 million cap on non-economic damages is unfair. The cap was put into place a decade ago because of complaints that multimillion dollar verdicts in damage lawsuits had made Mississippi a “judicial hellhole.”