HR 2366 - Small Business Liability Reform bill - National Key Vote


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Title: Small Business Liability Reform bill

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that would make significant changes to provisions of tort law relating to small businesses.


  • Imposes a more rigorous standard of evidence to find small businesses liable for civil infractions.
  • Caps punitive damages awards at $250,000, unless a court finds that the business being sued intentionally caused harm.
  • Defines small business as a business that has fewer than 25 employees.
  • Exempts the following from provisions in the bill:
    • Violent crimes;
    • Acts of international terrorism;
    • Hate crimes;
    • Civil rights violations;
    • Sexual offenses;
    • Certain offenses that harm or destruct natural resources; and
    • Crimes committed while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.