Oklahoma Bill Limiting ‘Pain and Suffering’ Awards Heads to Governor’s Desk
In a year when many statehouses are lining up in favor of economic growth and against parasitic personal injury lawyers, Oklahoma lawmakers have sent to the governor a bill comprising reasonable limits on awards for noneconomic damages in civil lawsuits.
As reported by the Tulsa World, Gov. Mary Falin “campaigned on supporting lawsuit reform” and is expected to sign the legislation into law.
One of the bill’s two principal sponsors, House Speaker Kris Steele (R-Shawnee), explained that “Placing a cap on noneconomic damages is a key part of the reform agenda . . . of the Legislature and the governor. Lawsuit reform is needed to help grow the state’s economy and increase its competitiveness with other states.”