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February 10, 2015

Joint & Several Bill Passes WV Senate, Heads to Conference Committee

The West Virginia Senate yesterday passed a joint and several liability bill on a vote of 24-9, and the bill was sent back to the House of Delegates to create a conference committee to reach a compromise with the House-passed version of the bill.

“Currently, if a party can’t pay its share of damages and another party was deemed more than 30 percent responsible, the second entity may be required to cover all remaining damages,” reports the Associated Press.

The Senate-passed version “would require other entities to pay for damages the insolvent party can’t cover. The amount of money in damages would depend on how much a party was deemed to be at fault.” The House bill “would require parties to pay only the percentage they are deemed at fault by a jury, in most cases.”

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