Commercial Trucking Litigation Reform – S.F. 228


Iowa – 2023

Provides for a limit of $5 million on noneconomic damages per plaintiff, with exceptions to the limit as specified.  The limit adjusts for inflation every two years beginning in 2028.  “Commercial Motor Vehicle” is specifically defined in the law and that definition provides for a limited list of “commercial motor vehicles” to which the limit applies.  Employer cannot be sued for negligent hiring if certain conditions apply.  Finally, the legislation provides that plaintiffs are allowed to collect 100% of punitive damages.

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