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Torts and Liability

State courts routinely hear tort claims, including product liability, medical malpractice, and personal injury. Many states have passed tort reform legislation that cap damages, alter statutes of limitations, abolish certain torts, or otherwise limit tort claims. These laws are frequently subject to state constitutional litigation. 

State constitutional issues include due process, access to the courts, immunity of government officials from suit, challenges to damage caps, and civil jury rights.

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