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Trial Lawyers Strike Back with SB 72
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Contact Governor Pritzker to Urge Him to Veto “SB 72”

New prejudgment interest measure SB 72 replaces HB 3360. Governor J.B. Pritzker wisely vetoed HB 3360 last week, after an outpouring of scorching criticism. 

But SB 72 makes only minor changes while preserving what’s most wrong—the fundamentally harmful and unfair practice of assessing prejudgment interest. Most concerning of all, SB 72 bill cleared both legislative chambers, and is now headed to the Governor’s desk. 

Under Senate Bill 72 prejudgment interest would begin to accrue on the date the action is filed (rather than the date the defendant has notice of the injury, as provided for in HB 3360). SB 72 would also add interest to the amount of a judgment, calculated at the rate of 6%, rather HB 3360’s than 9%. The bill also includes other nuanced changes.

Prejudgment interest statutes are punitive in nature; they are meant to harm defendants, not to make the plaintiff whole again. This is completely contrary to the current Illinois civil justice system, which prohibits punitive damages in medical liability claims. Delays during civil litigation frequently occur for reasons outside a defendant’s control. This has been further exacerbated by COVID-19, which has dramatically slowed civil proceedings.

This bill will no doubt cause more healthcare professionals to leave the state, which will punish untold numbers of Illinois citizens. 

 

 

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