Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Results of Pennsylvania Senate Vote on Joint and Several Liability Bill

Senate Bill 1131 as amended by the removal of the exceptions which would have retained joint liability for claims for economic damages and claims in which a minor has a beneficial interest was passed by the Senate by a vote of 32 to 18.  The bill heads to the House Judiciary Committee for consideration.

It is anticipated by commentators that the House will approve the Bill as will Governor Corbett when the Bill reaches his desk.  If the House amends the Bill in any way it will have to go back to the Senate for further consideration.

It is anticipated that the House may vote on the Bill this week.

The reprinted bill can be viewed at http://www.legis.state.pa.us/CFDOCS/Legis/PN/Public/btCheck.cfm?txtType=PDF&sessYr=2011&sessInd=0&billBody=S&billTyp=B&billNbr=1131&pn=1389

Thanks to Tim Bittle of Bigley and Blikle for the update on this legislation.

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