Casper Senator Wants "English Rule"
Sheridan, WY – A Casper Senator is suggesting Wyoming adopt the so-called "English Rule" to deal with medical malpractice damage awards. Senator Charles Scott's proposal is among about 50 ideas being hammered out in a Sheridan committee meeting to prepare for the special legislative session. Scott says "English Rule" calls for losers in a lawsuit to pay the attorney's costs for the winner. He says the program has worked well in Great Britain. But Scott says his idea would cut into attorney's earnings, so trial lawyers are violently opposed to it. Like a cap on damage awards, the "English Rule" would need support of the voters through a constitutional amendment.