UPDATE: Lawsuit shaping up as test of Miss. tort reform

JACKSON — A civil lawsuit is being characterized as a test of Mississippi’s tort reform laws.

Ronnie Lee Lymas sued Double Quick Inc. after he was shot while leaving a store, claiming the company didn’t ensure his safety.

A jury awarded Lymas damages to cover medical costs and an additional $3 million in non-economic damages, for such things as pain and suffering.

The judge lowered the non-economic damages to $1 million, the cap put into law by the Mississippi Legislature.

Lymas’ attorneys are challenging the constitutionality of the limit.

Barbour filed a motion this week that said overriding the limit would hurt the state, businesses and medical providers.

The Associated Press