NFIB State Director Dawn Starns released the following statement today on passage of House Bill 57:
“This is a big deal for small businesses. House Bill 57 helps balance the scales of justice in Louisiana by lowering the jury threshold, reducing the cost of litigation by creating a collateral source rule, allowing defendants to bring up whether someone involved in an accident was wearing a seatbelt and barring plaintiffs from mentioning the defendant’s insurance company in a lawsuit, something that can unfairly influence a jury’s decision when it comes to determining damages.
“Together, these reforms should help lower the cost of auto insurance and reduce the cost of doing business in Louisiana. Our members thank the House and Senate for passing House Bill 57 and urge Governor Edwards to sign it into law.”