Thursday, March 30, 2023

Florida overhauls litigation rules to adopt "tort reform" to make it more difficult for plaintiffs to recover for injuries

Last week, in a closed-door ceremony shut out to reporters, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law one of the most sweeping tort reform bills in the state’s history, targeting attorney fees, medical reimbursement and liability in negligence cases.

Supporters of the new law have called it an antidote to frivolous lawsuits and rising insurance rates but what it really does (and what it was intended to do) is make it more difficult for victims of accidents to recover for their injuries, and, for those who do get to recover, to make it so that they recover less.  The idea is not to limit frivolous lawsuits, but to limit valid lawsuits in order to protect the insurance industry.

Courthouse News Service has more on the story.