Special Session Starts Tuesday

Sep 2, 2013

Oklahoma legislators who return to the state Capitol Tuesday to begin a special session to overhaul the state's system for filing civil lawsuits could find some of the heavy lifting on "tort reform" bills already completed.

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House and Senate officials say several pieces of a comprehensive 2009 bill that was struck down by the Oklahoma Supreme Court were addressed by the Legislature in later bills and shouldn't have to be revisited again in the special session.

These areas of law include some of the more contentious issues, including caps on damages for pain and suffering, and determining liability in cases with multiple defendants.

It is the first time since 2006 the Legislature has been called into a special session and is the first call by Republican Governor Mary Fallin.