- A cap of $250,000 on awards for noneconomic damages;
A cap on awards for punitive damages of $500,000 or two times the award for
economic damages, whichever is greater;
Modification of the "collateral source" rule to allow evidence of income from
such sources as health and life insurance, workers' compensation, and automobile
insurance to be introduced at trials or to require that such income be subtracted
from awards decided by juries;
A statute of limitations--one year for adults and three years for children--from
the date of discovery of an injury; and
Replacement of joint-and-several liability with a fair-share rule, under which a
defendant in a lawsuit would be liable only for the percentage of the final award
that was equal to his or her share of responsibility for the injury.
A bit of good news for Hatch, though it comes after Republicans have spent two days diminishing the importance of CBO findings, after the agency determined the Senate Finance Committee health care bill would be a deficit reducer.
Obama announced plans to begin experimenting with tort reform at the state level during his health care speech to Congress last month.