Oklahoma State Senate
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
• Senate GOP Leader Highlights Lawsuit Reform
Lt. Gov. Mary Fallin and Senate Republican leaders, joined by several
Oklahoma doctors and business leaders, called for meaningful lawsuit
reform during the 2005 legislative session.
Senate Republican Leader Glenn
Coffee, R-Oklahoma City, also provided highlights of major components
that GOP leaders expect to include in their comprehensive lawsuit
“After the passage of last year’s sham ‘reform’
bill, there was talk of a moratorium prohibiting further lawsuit
reform. We’re here to say that as far as policy leaders are
concerned, as far as rank-and-file doctors are concerned, as far
as business leaders are concerned, there is no moratorium and we
intend to fight for real lawsuit reform in 2005,” Fallin said.
“A year ago, Gov. Brad Henry promised us ‘Texas-plus’
lawsuit reform, but was only able to deliver a watered-down bill
that was ‘reform’ in name only,” Coffee said.
“In 2005, we’re going to help Gov. Henry keep his promise
to provide meaningful lawsuit reform to the people of Oklahoma.
If we are going to reduce insurance rates, if we are going to grow
our economy and attract jobs, if we are going to keep our doctors
practicing in this state, we have to pass broad-based lawsuit reform
A. Williamson, R-Tulsa, said, “We know the challenges
faced by Gov. Henry and the Senate Democrat leadership on this issue.
We know how heavily they rely on trial lawyers to fund their campaigns.
But we ask them to put aside those concerns and join us to pass
meaningful, bipartisan reforms this year.
Coffee said Senate Republicans are coordinating with House Republican
leaders on Speaker Todd Hiett’s comprehensive lawsuit reform
bill, which will be unveiled soon.
Coffee said major points of the GOP’s lawsuit reform proposal
• Hard cap of $300,000 on non-economic damages
• Eliminating the “deep pockets” rule, also known
as joint and several liability
• Stopping the double collection of damages by eliminating
the collateral source rule
• Prohibiting forum shopping
• Limiting attorneys’ fees
• Protecting educators from frivolous lawsuits
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