Civil Justice Bill to be considered by Judiciary Committee Tuesday

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(NASHVILLE, TN) — The Judiciary Committee heard testimony last week regarding the Tennessee Civil Justice Act of 2011.  The bill, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) and Senator Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown), is part of Governor Bill Haslam’s legislative agenda.  The sponsors say the legislation will provide certainty and predictability for businesses, while ensuring that injured plaintiffs receive 100percent of the economic, quantifiable damages that they suffer.  Tennessee is the only state in the southeast that has no limits on punitive damages. The legislation would provide certainty and predictability to attract businesses and, therefore, high quality jobs to Tennessee.  According to a recent study by the Tennessee Center for Policy Research, the proposal is estimated to bring as many as 30,000 new jobs per year if it passes.  A vote on the bill is expected in the Committee on Tuesday. 


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