The TortsProf blog is reporting that a bill that would exempt manufacturers from claims for punitive damages if they followed all federal, state, or agency standard for creating a product was recently approved by a committee and will now move to the full Senate. The Arizona Republic has the story.
Meanwhile, in Minnesota, the House passed a measure to reduce the statute of limitations from six years after the incident to four years. That's one tort reform measure I don't have a problem with. The Minneapolis Star Tribune has the story.
Finally, the Pennsylvania house of representatives approved a bill last month to amend the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error (MCARE) Act to cap punitive damages in lawsuits against personal care homes, assisted living communities, long-term care nursing facilities, home care agencies, home health care agencies and hospices at 200 percent of the compensatory damages awarded in such lawsuits. The bill is still pending in the state Senate. Go here for more on that story.