Okla. Supreme Court invalidates civil justice law

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Supreme Court says a law adopted in 2009 to reform Oklahoma's civil justice system is unconstitutional.

The state's highest court handed down the decision Tuesday in a divided 7-2 ruling. In a separate decision, the court said a requirement that injured people submit a certificate of merit before they can file professional malpractice lawsuits is unconstitutional.

The court's majority opinion states that the 2009 law violated the single subject rule in the Oklahoma Constitution and is unconstitutional logrolling, or the passing of legislation that contains multiple subjects. The court says the bill contains 90 sections involving a variety of subjects that do not reflect a common theme.

A coalition of consumer advocacy groups and attorneys fought the bill, claiming it would block Oklahomans' access to the state's courts.

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