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Oklahoma Legislature: Bills aim to eliminate frivolous lawsuits, limit court awards

Oklahoma lawmakers will consider more than 30 bills aimed at eliminating frivolous lawsuits and limiting jury awards this special session after the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled the Legislature included too many topics in one bill during a previous effort at lawsuit reform.
by Randy Ellis Published: September 3, 2013
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Oklahoma lawmakers will consider more than 30 bills aimed at eliminating frivolous lawsuits and limiting court awards this special session after the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled the Legislature included too many topics in one bill during a previous effort at lawsuit reform.


Following is a partial list of some of the major bills being considered and what those bills are attempting to accomplish:

• Senate Bill 1: Requires a person filing a lawsuit alleging professional negligence to pay for and obtain an affidavit from an expert attesting to the merits of the lawsuit before being able to proceed in court.

• SB 9: Limits damages for noneconomic losses in a lawsuit to $350,000 unless the person being sued committed acts that were grossly negligent, fraudulent, intentional, done with malice or involved the reckless disregard of the rights of others.

• SB 12: Protects food manufacturers, distributors and marketers from civil lawsuits stemming from obesity or weight gain.

• SB 13: In product liability lawsuits, this measure would protect manufacturers and sellers from liability if their products are inherently unsafe and known to be unsafe by ordinary consumers.

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by Randy Ellis
Investigative Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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