Lawsuit Reform Group Applauds Bill Passage

For the past five years, Oklahomans for Lawsuit Reform Inc. has battled for the passage of a comprehensive lawsuit reform bill (HB 1603).
OLR applauds the activities and initiatives of Senate Pro Tempore Glenn Coffee and House Speaker Chris Benge, who have promoted and supported the passage of this important piece of legislation. OLR stresses that there remains much to be done in order to assure that Oklahoma is the most lawsuit-fair state in the nation; however this reform package is a substantial step in the right direction.
John Brock, OLR chairman, appreciates the Gov. Brad Henry’s approval of the compromises in the final bill.
Key components of this landmark reform package include: improved access to health care for all Oklahomans; assurance of the health and viability of small businesses in Oklahoma; and additional protections for the medical and business communities from “frivolous” lawsuits, while affording those truly injured the right to a fair trial by a jury of their peers.
“This was compromise legislation between OLR, representatives for the business community and the state’s trial lawyers association,” adds Brock. “This compromise will result in lower insurance premiums for doctors, small businesses and all citizens of our state while insuring access to the courthouse for truly injured parties. The new law covers nearly all the issues on our list.”
While OLR supports numerous provisions of the bill, a new limitation on joint and several liability, adoption of the federal rules on summary judgments and several additional reforms for class-action suits highlight the success of HB-1603.

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