Punitive Damages Reform: HB 20 (1995).
Limits the award of punitive damages to three times the
Limits the award of punitive damages to three times the award of economic damages. Prohibits the award of punitive damages absent a showing that the defendant engaged in conduct “with an evil motive or with a reckless indifference to the rights of others.” Requires the determination of awards for punitive damages to be made in a separate proceeding. The reform is unconstitutional. Best v. Taylor Machine Works,Inc., 689 N.E.2d 1057 (Ill. 1997).
ATRA President Tiger Joyce writes about trial lawyers’ latest pet project – business interruption lawsuits against insurance companies in the wake of COVID-19.
ATRA reports West Virginia attorney general candidates’ inaction on transparency code pledge.
ATRA announces two Utah candidates for attorney general signing its AG transparency code pledge.
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ATRA supports the SAFE TO WORK Act as part of the Senate’s HEALS Act legislative package for coronavirus relief.