Groups challenge new tort limits

(April 21, 2004) - (Little Rock-AP) -- A challenge is being mounted before the Arkansas Supreme Court over the state's new law limiting damage awards in civil lawsuits. A group of lawyers and individuals argue the new law goes against a constitutional provision intended to prohibit any limitation of damages in all but workers compensation cases - without a constitutional amendment. Business groups that backed the tort-limits law say they are ready to fight the challenge. The action filed yesterday asks that state courts be ordered not to enforce the law.