663-10.9  Abolition of joint and several liability; exceptions.  Joint and several liability for joint tortfeasors as defined in section 663-11 is abolished except in the following circumstances:

Terms Used In Hawaii Revised Statutes 663-10.9

  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Tort: A civil wrong or breach of a duty to another person, as outlined by law. A very common tort is negligent operation of a motor vehicle that results in property damage and personal injury in an automobile accident.

     (1)  For the recovery of economic damages against joint tortfeasors in actions involving injury or death to persons;

     (2)  For the recovery of economic and noneconomic damages against joint tortfeasors in actions involving:

          (A)  Intentional torts;

          (B)  Torts relating to environmental pollution;

          (C)  Toxic and asbestos-related torts;

          (D)  Torts relating to aircraft accidents;

          (E)  Strict and products liability torts; or

          (F)  Torts relating to motor vehicle accidents except as provided in paragraph (4);

     (3)  For the recovery of noneconomic damages in actions, other than those enumerated in paragraph (2), involving injury or death to persons against those tortfeasors whose individual degree of negligence is found to be twenty-five per cent or more under section 663-31.  Where a tortfeasor’s degree of negligence is less than twenty-five per cent, then the amount recoverable against that tortfeasor for noneconomic damages shall be in direct proportion to the degree of negligence assigned; and

     (4)  For recovery of noneconomic damages in motor vehicle accidents involving tort actions relating to the maintenance and design of highways including actions involving guardrails, utility poles, street and directional signs, and any other highway-related device upon a showing that the affected joint tortfeasor was given reasonable prior notice of a prior occurrence under similar circumstances to the occurrence upon which the tort claim is based.  In actions in which the affected joint tortfeasor has not been shown to have had such reasonable prior notice, the recovery of noneconomic damages shall be as provided in paragraph (3).

     (5)  Provided, however, that joint and several liability for economic and noneconomic damages for claims against design professionals, as defined in chapter 672, and certified public accountants, as defined in chapter 466, is abolished in actions not involving physical injury or death to persons.