“Tort reform” has been on legislative hiatus since John Bel Edwards, a small-town lawyer, became governor in 2016.
That changed when the Louisiana Legislature convened in April largely because of pressure from increasing prices for the insurance required to legally drive a vehicle in this state coupled with the politics of a potent issue with the GOP base and the re-election effort by the Deep South’s only Democratic governor.
This week, legislators will vote on three surviving measures, including one that amounts to a bucket list for the tort reform movement that would change how Louisiana courts operate and force litigants into pre-trial negotiations that proponents say could ultimately lower auto insurance premiums but opponents say would leave people injured in car accidents at a disadvantage.
- Robert Bryson
- David TeSelle
Edward D. Tolley