Tort reform measure dead, at least for this session
CONCORD – Win a lawsuit and want the losing party to shell out the money you spent on attorneys fees and court costs?
Sorry, you’ll have to wait.
In the case of another bill that never made it to the state Senate, House Bill 1178 has been referred to interim study, meaning that although not completely dead, the proposal won’t see the light of day this legislative session.
HB 1178 would require the losing party to pay the winning party’s attorney’s fees and court costs in tort actions.
The sponsor, Rep. Spec Bowers, R-Georges Mills, said the bill would remedy the situation where businesses are settling weak suits they would probably win in order to avoid hefty legal fees.
The bill cleared the Judiciary Committee, but by voice vote the House referred it to interim study.
Patrick Meighan can be reached at 594-6518 or firstname.lastname@example.org.