Friday, April 8, 2011

Recent Articles on the Status of the Fair Share Act

Here are links to recent articles, one by John L. Micek of the Allentown Morning Call and one by Mark Scolforo of the Philadelphia Inquirer on the status of the Fair Share Act in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

The Fair Share Act, which will essentially mandate that, in most cases, defendants in civil litigation matters will only be responsible for their share of percentage liability as assessed by a jury, is expected to pass in the House and move onto the Pennsylvania Senate.

Under the current law, if a defendant is found even only 1% liable, that defendant is on the hook for 100% of the verdict and can try to recoup his or her overpayment from the co-defendant(s).  As such, if the Fair Share Act passes, it will represent a dramatic shift in how civil litigation matters are handled.

Here are the links to the articles:


http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/mc-pa-legal-reform-20110404,0,1795953.story


http://articles.philly.com/2011-04-07/news/29392816_1_amendment-minority-leader-frank-dermody-fair-share-act

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