What They Said. . .

first_img“As a fellow member of the Bar, I rise to speak in favor of this good bill. We have a great civil justice system in our state. But our job in the legislative branch is to define the rules on things just like this.. . . This bill is about ensuring fair and blind justice in our civil justice system.” – Rep. Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park “To characterize as a victim a multi-million-dollar, multi-billion-dollar organization with liability insurance coverage is an insult to the people we come here to represent.” – Rep. Curtis Richardson, D-Tallahassee “I applaud our speaker in his honest and sincere belief that the last vestiges of joint and several liability represent a remnant of a distant past where other rules were in play and created an unlevel playing field. I honestly believe in my heart, after talking with the speaker, and intellectually going back and forth on our different perspectives, that he believes this bill is a good bill; it’s good law to help level that playing field.” – Rep. Kevin Ambler, R-Tampa What They Said. . . “What we really have is an imagined legal crisis with joint and several liability. I’ve heard slogans thrown around like ‘judicial hellhole,’ and special interests tell us that we do not have a favorable business climate because of lawsuits. Actually, I think it is exactly the opposite. I listened to the governor and when he had his State of the State address, in no uncertain terms, he told us that we have a robust business environment.” – Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Dania Beach “What this bill does is what the Supreme Court suggested we do in the state of Florida some 30 years ago in the Hoffman case, and that is move to a comparative fault system.. . . ” – Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Lakeland April 15, 2006 Regular News “This is not corporate America’s bill. This is every defendant’s fairness bill.. . . The victims are those that are being required to pay more than they should. We did not decide and have never decided that we will have a socialist, welfare tort system. We decided we were going to have a fair and equitable tort system. And equitable means you pay in accordance with what your responsibility is for occurrence.” – Rep. Joe Pickens, R-Palatka “I am very concerned about the effect this legislation would have on Florida’s low-income families and communities.. . . How can we legitimately ask our state’s citizens to live up to a higher standard of personal responsibility if we aren’t going to tell our corporations and industries that we expect them to do the same? The answer is simple. The answer is we cannot.” – Rep. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa W hat They Said.. . “[W]ithout having put that Fabre fix in, you are victimizing people twice. You are victimizing your neighbors and your constituents, and my neighbors and my constituents. I suggest we don’t do that in the Florida House.” – Rep. Jack Seiler, D-Pompano Beach last_img read more