IN THE HOPPER -- Tort Reform

Leatherman Sr., Senator Hugh K.
May 2004
South Carolina Business Journal;May2004, Vol. 23 Issue 4, p5
Tort reform is essential if South Carolina state is to be competitive for jobs. There are no reasonable limits on non-economic and punitive damages in South Carolina. Of the 45 states that allow punitive damages, South Carolina was ranked among the worst. Failure to reform the tort system, including placing reasonable limits on non-economic and punitive damages, will hamstring South Carolina. South Carolina is not yet considered a crisis state, but there are ominous signs it is headed in that direction as malpractice awards keep increasing.


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