Miami Herald: Fla. House passes limits on lawsuits, lawyer fees

Mar 18, 2010

The Miami Herald published this article on Marcyh 18, 2010.

The Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The House has passed a pair of bills to limit “slip-and-fall” lawsuits against businesses and cap fees the state pays to outside lawyers.

Both votes Thursday were setbacks for trial lawyers. The bills next go to the Senate.

The slip-and-fall bill (HB 689) would make it harder for injured people to win lawsuits. They would be required to prove a business knew or should have known a dangerous condition existed for sufficient time to have fixed it or that it was foreseeable. The bill passed 110-2.

The measure (HB 437) putting a $50 million cap on fees of outside lawyers representing the state in lawsuits is a top priority of Attorney General Bill McCollum, also a Republican candidate for governor. It passed 71-40.