Tort reform continues to be a controversial topic. California has placed a cap on damages. At press time, New York was considering similar legislation. Doctors in several states have conducted “strikes” to protest the amount of their malpractice premiums and to urge tort reform in their states. This article describes recent legislation in Mississippi – in order to alert readers to the trend and illustrate one state’s efforts to deal with the problem of astronomic verdicts by sympathetic juries.

Months after the American Tort Reform Association declared Mississippi’s 22nd Judicial District one of the “judicial hellholes” of the nation, the Special Session of the Mississippi Legislature that began on September 5, 2002, and ended on November 26, 2002, passed tort reform legislation impacting product liability litigants.

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