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CS/CS/HB 837: Civil Remedies

GENERAL BILL by Judiciary Committee ; Civil Justice Subcommittee ; Gregory ; Fabricio ; (CO-INTRODUCERS) Caruso ; Killebrew ; Lopez, V. ; Maggard ; Roth

Civil Remedies; Creates rebuttable presumption that lodestar fee is sufficient & reasonable attorney fee in most civil actions; reduces statute of limitations for negligence actions; provides standards for bad faith actions; provides for distribution of proceeds when two or more third-party claims arising out of single occurrence exceed policy limits; limits applicability of provisions relating to attorney fees in certain actions against insurers; provides standards for evidence to prove damages for medical expenses in certain civil actions; requires certain disclosures with respect to claims for medical expenses for treatment rendered under letters of protection; requires trier of fact to consider fault of certain persons who contribute to an injury; provides that owner or principal operator of multifamily residential property which substantially implements specified security measures on that property has presumption against liability in connection with certain criminal acts that occur on premises; revises provisions relating to immunity from liability for injury to trespassers on real property; specifies applicability of provisions relating to offer of judgment & demand for judgment.

Effective Date: upon becoming a law
Last Action: 3/24/2023 House - Ordered enrolled
Bill Text: PDF

Bill History

Date Chamber Action
2/15/2023 House • Filed
• Referred to Civil Justice Subcommittee
• Referred to Judiciary Committee
• Now in Civil Justice Subcommittee
2/17/2023 House • Added to Civil Justice Subcommittee agenda
2/24/2023 House • Favorable with CS by Civil Justice Subcommittee
2/25/2023 House • Reported out of Civil Justice Subcommittee
• Laid on Table under Rule 7.18(a)
• CS Filed
2/28/2023 House • Referred to Judiciary Committee
• Now in Judiciary Committee
3/6/2023 House • Added to Judiciary Committee agenda
3/7/2023 House • 1st Reading (Original Filed Version)
• 1st Reading (Committee Substitute 1)
3/8/2023 House • Favorable with CS by Judiciary Committee
3/9/2023 House • Reported out of Judiciary Committee
• Laid on Table under Rule 7.18(a)
• CS Filed
• 1st Reading (Committee Substitute 2)
3/10/2023 House • Bill referred to House Calendar
• Added to Second Reading Calendar
3/13/2023 House • Bill added to Special Order Calendar (3/16/2023)
3/16/2023 House • Read 2nd time
• Amendment 065491 adopted
• Amendment 473057 Failed
• Amendment 885617 Failed
• Amendment 353849 Failed
• Amendment 662849 Failed
• Amendment 263047 adopted as amended
• Placed on 3rd reading
• Added to Third Reading Calendar
3/17/2023 House • Read 3rd time
• CS passed as amended; YEAS 80, NAYS 31
3/17/2023 Senate • In Messages
3/20/2023 Senate • Referred to Fiscal Policy
3/21/2023 Senate • Received
3/22/2023 Senate • Withdrawn from Fiscal Policy -SJ 213
• Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading
• Substituted for CS/CS/SB 236 -SJ 214
• Read 2nd time -SJ 214
• Amendment(s) failed (113938, 129080) -SJ 221
• Placed on 3rd reading -SJ 221
3/23/2023 Senate • Read 3rd time -SJ 230
• CS passed; YEAS 23 NAYS 15 -SJ 230
• Immediately certified -SJ 234
3/24/2023 House • In Messages
• Ordered enrolled