Arkansas judge hears challenge to lawsuit limits measure
Aug. 30, 2018
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge says he plans to rule soon on whether to disqualify from the November ballot a proposal to limit the damages awarded in lawsuits and cap attorneys' fees.
Attorneys for a retired judge challenging the proposed constitutional amendment along with attorneys for the secretary of state's office and the campaign supporting the measure appeared before Pulaski County Judge Mackie Pierce on Thursday. Pierce said he plans to issue a ruling soon.
Retired Pulaski County Circuit Judge Marion Humphrey is suing to disqualify the proposal from the ballot, saying it unconstitutionally combines disparate proposals into one amendment. The measure would also give the Legislature control over court rules in the state.
Pierce in July rejected an initial request to disqualify the proposal.