Wednesday, April 18, 2007

I Hate To Say I Told You So

I wrote a previous post that the Oklahoma Legislature would make pointless affidavits mandatory in all lawsuits. The Supreme Court of Oklahoma struck down the same provision in medical malpractice lawsuits.

Well, they're at it again, just like I predicted. From the Chickasha News:

Oklahoma House members passed a comprehensive lawsuit reform bill of more than 100 pages on Tuesday that supporters say will reduce the number of frivolous lawsuits.

One opponent, Rep. Scott Inman, D-Del City, called those voting in favor of the measure “soft on negligence.”

The bill, Senate Bill 507, authored by Sen. Cliff Branan, R-Oklahoma City; Sen. Owen Laughlin, R-Woodward; Sen. James Williamson, R-Tulsa; Rep. Rob Johnson, R-Kingfisher; and Rep. Daniel Sullivan, R-Tulsa; passed the House with a 57-39 vote. All no votes were from Democrats.


The bill that left the Senate provided liability protections to volunteers providing transportation services as part of their volunteer work. It also gave protections to firearms manufacturers.


Other provisions require a qualified expert in non-contract civil cases to offer a written opinion concluding a claim has merit. The bill would give food manufacturers, packers, sellers or anyone associated with the food industry protection from lawsuits if someone experiences weight gain, obesity or other health conditions.

The war on Plaintiffs in civil cases continues in earnest.

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