Fort Smith Judge Picked By Governor Hutchinson To Hear Issue 1 lawsuit

After the recusal by Arkansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Dan Kemp, Gov. Asa Hutchinson has picked a replacement to hear a lawsuit appeal involving Issue 1, the tort reform amendment proposal.

Hutchinson named Judge Stephen Tabor, the Division 1 Circuit Judge for the 12th Judicial Circuit, a position he’s held since 2008. Tabor will join the court to hear the case for CV-18-749 Hon. Mark Martin v. Marion Humphrey et al.

Earlier this month, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Mackie Pierce ruled Issue 1 was unconstitutional. The measure would:

•  Cap contingency fees in civil actions at 33 1/3 of the recovery;
•  Cap punitive damages at $500,000 or 3 times the amount of the compensatory damages, whichever is greater;
•  Cap non-economic damages at $500,000; and,
•  Allow the legislature to adopt rules of pleading, practice, and procedure.     MORE

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