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Oklahoma Passes Tort Reform

The Oklahoma legislature last week passed a comprehensive tort reform bill which, among other things:

(1) reforms the rule of joint and several liability among joint tortfeasors;

(2) caps punitive damages in most cases (greater of two times compensatory damages or $500,000);

(3) requires opt-in class membership for most class actions;

(4) restricts the admission of expert testimony and provides standards for the qualification of expert witnesses; and

(5) creates a general immunity for volunteers and charitable organizations.

The measure has been sent to the Governor for approval. Oklahoma's Governor, Brad Henry, has not yet taken a position on the bill.




Isaac Gorodetski
Project Manager,
Center for Legal Policy at the
Manhattan Institute

Katherine Lazarski
Press Officer,
Manhattan Institute


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