Legislature Approves Civil Lawsuit Bills 09 Feb 12

The Minnesota Legislature has sent Governor Dayton business-backed bills that change the way civil lawsuits are handled in Minnesota. The Senate approved four bills Wednesday, including one that reduces the statute of limitations for filing a civil lawsuit from six years to four years after the incident in question occurs. The House passed the bills last week meaning they land on Dayton’s desk next. Supporters say the bills together will make Minnesota’s civil justice system operate faster and more efficiently. But critics say the changes will make it harder for everyday citizens to use the court to remedy injustice. The bills received overwhelming support from legislative Republicans. Democrats were split, but more voted against the bills than for them.