President Pro Tempore
Senator Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa
State Capitol Room 422
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: February 28, 2011
Sen. Brian Bingman
Sen. Anthony Sykes
Additional Lawsuit Reform Legislation Passes Full Senate
The Oklahoma Senate continued to work on lawsuit reform legislation
Monday. Senate Bill 862, by Sen. Anthony
Sykes, R-Moore, received bi-partisan approval by a vote of 32-15.
If signed into law, the bill will eliminate joint and several liability.
The measure will protect defendants from judgments that exceed their
liability. SB 862 will ensure that defendants remain responsible
for the portion of damages to which they are at fault.
“No one should have to pay for the wrongs of others,”
Under current law, defendants can be responsible for paying a higher
percentage of awards to plaintiffs, beyond the percentage of their
fault, based on their ability to pay.
President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa, said that he was
pleased by the passage of additional lawsuit reform legislation.
“This is an example of common sense lawsuit reform,”
said Bingman. “We should not require anyone to be responsible
for damages beyond their fault.”
The bill will now move to the House of Representatives for further
For more information contact:
Sen. Bingman: (405) 521-5605
Sen. Sykes: (405) 521-55569