Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: March 29, 2011
Sen. Anthony Sykes
Lawsuit Reforms Continue to Gain Legislative Approval
The State House approved two lawsuit reform bills today authored
by Senator Anthony Sykes, R-Moore. By votes of 64 to 32 and 65 to
30, SB 862 and SB 865 received broad support from the full House.
The bills will now proceed to the Governor’s desk.
Senate Bill 862 will eliminate joint and several liability, while
Senate Bill 865 will require that a jury be given information regarding
the tax impact of awards.
“In large part, lawsuit reform is about fairness, equality
and accurate information,” said President Pro Tempore Brian
Bingman, R-Sapulpa. “These measures ensure that defendants
remain responsible for an equal portion of their liability and that
juries are given full and accurate information as they are faced
with the task of determining an award.”
“No one should have to pay for the wrongdoing of others,”
said Sen. Anthony Sykes. “Defendants should be required to
pay their share of damages but no more than the amount that they
are responsible; eliminating joint and several liability will guarantee
that equality within the system.”
Sykes also said that juries deserve to have information regarding
the tax impact on awards. “We believe that juries should have
access to all information related to the judgment. Anytime we ask
a jury to make a decision that will impact peoples lives we should
make sure that they have access to full and accurate information.”
Both bills are a part of the Senate Republican Jobs Agenda.
For more information contact:
Sen. Sykes: (405) 521-5569