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Temporary setback in Pennsylvania

In 2002, Pennsylvania legislators voted to abolish joint and several liability in cases where the defendant is found less than 60% responsible. Commonwealth Court yesterday struck down the law on a technicality. The decision is likely correct, but does not prohibit the legislature from enacting a new (and identically worded) law that passes procedural muster; such passage seems likely. (Tom Dochat, "Court strikes law changing liability rules", The Patriot-News, Jul. 27).



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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