Ten years ago this summer, Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law Act 42 of 2011 – more commonly known as the Fair Share Act. Replacing the outdated and abuse prone concept of joint and several liability, this major civil justice reform ensures that a defendant can only be held financially liable proportional to their level of fault, subject to certain exceptions. Unfortunately, over the past decade, the act has been challenged in Pennsylvania appellate courts resulting in erosion of the act’s protections.
PCCJR Executive Director Curt Schroder outlined the continued attacks on the law in an opinion piece published recently in the Legal Intelligencer. The piece is reprinted with permission on PCCJR’s website.