Product Liability Reform: SB 344 (1995)

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Bars application of the rule of joint and several liability


Bars application of the rule of joint and several liability in product liability cases.  Provides statutory defenses to product liability claims, including adherence to government standards, FDA standards, and sellers’ defenses.  Provides an absolute defense, where the plaintiff was found to be at least 50% at fault due to intoxication or a controlled substance.  Limits the award of noneconomic damages in product liability cases not involving death or loss of vital bodily function to $280,000.  Limits the award of noneconomic damages in such cases to $500,000.

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