Gov. Tom Corbett will get to sign a bill that is one of his top priorities.


The state House on Monday passed a bill 116-83 that would limit the liability of defendants in some civil court cases for negligence. The bill received Senate approval earlier this month, and now goes to Corbett's desk.


 

Gov. Tom Corbett will get to sign a bill that is one of his top priorities.

The state House on Monday passed a bill 116-83 that would limit the liability of defendants in some civil court cases for negligence. The bill received Senate approval earlier this month, and now goes to Corbett's desk.

Current law holds all guilty defendants potentially liable for 100 percent of damages if their co-defendants cannot pay for the negligence resulting in death or injury to a person or property.

Under the bill, defendants found to be less than 60 percent at fault would not have to pay more than their share of the damages. Supporters say it'll relieve business owners of an unfair burden, but opponents say it'll mean less compensation for victims.


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