Tennessee Senate passes bill to limit lawsuit payouts

Tennessee Senate passes bill to limit lawsuit payouts


NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to limit lawsuit damages in Tennessee has passed the Senate.

The measure was approved 21-12 on Thursday after passing the House 72-24 earlier in May.

Minor differences must now be worked out between the two chambers before the legislation goes to the Republican governor.

It would place a $750,000 cap on non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, and raise the cap to $1 million in cases involving serious spinal cord injuries, severe burns or the death of a parent of minor children.

Punitive damages would be capped at twice the amount of compensatory damages or $500,000 - whichever is greater.

Supporters say the proposal will help job creation, while opponents argue that limiting damages in most lawsuits would unfairly target victims and free companies from needed accountability.

Voting yes were 19 Republicans and two Democrats. Voting no were 11 Democrats and one Republican.


Mae Beavers, Mt. Juliet

Mike Bell, Riceville

Stacey Campfield, Knoxville

Rusty Crowe, Johnson City

Dolores Gresham, Somerville

Jack Johnson, Franklin

Brian Kelsey, Germantown

Bill Ketron, Murfreesboro

Randy McNally, Oak Ridge

Mark Norris, Collierville

Doug Overbey, Maryville

Speaker Ron Ramsey, Blountville

Kerry Roberts, Springfield

Steve Southerland, Morristown

Jim Summerville, Dickson

Jim Tracy, Shelbyville

Bo Watson, Hixson

Jamie Woodson, Knoxville

Ken Yager, Harriman


Mike Faulk, Kingsport


Charlotte Burks, Monterey

Douglas Henry, Nashville


Tim Barnes, Adams

Andy Berke, Chattanooga

Lowe Finney, Jackson

Ophelia Ford, Memphis

Thelma Harper, Nashville

Joe Haynes, Goodlettsville

Roy Herron, Dresden

Jim Kyle, Memphis

Beverly Marrero, Memphis

Eric Stewart, Belvidere

Reginald Tate, Memphis

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