SB 736 Provides that defendants in tort actions shall only be held severally liable and not jointly
Sponsor: Parson
LR Number: 4839S.01I Fiscal Notes
Committee: Small Business, Insurance and Industry
Last Action: 1/11/2016 - Second Read and Referred S Small Business, Insurance and Industry Committee Journal Page: S98
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Effective Date: August 28, 2016

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SB 736 - Currently, in all tort actions when a defendant is found to bear fifty-one percent or more of the fault, the defendant is jointly and severally liable for the judgement amount. This act states that the liability of each defendant for compensatory or punitive damages shall not be joint. Each defendant is liable only for the amount of damages in direct proportion to the defendant's percentage of fault.

The trier of fact shall consider the fault of all persons who contributed to the plaintiff's injury regardless of whether the person is a party to the suit.

Fault of a nonparty may be considered if the plaintiff entered into a settlement with the nonparty or if the defendant gives notice before trial that a nonparty was at fault. Findings of fact regarding the fault of a nonparty shall not subject the nonparty to liability or be introduced as evidence of liability in any action.

This act is identical to HB 2287 (2016), SB 140 (2015) and SB 830 (2014) and identical to provisions contained in SCS/SB 589 (2014).

JESSI BAKER