Punitive Damages Reform: HB 350 (1996)
Limits the amount of punitive damages recoverable from all parties
Limits the amount of punitive damages recoverable from all parties except large employers to the lesser of three times the award of compensatory damages or $100,000. Limits the amount of punitive damages recoverable from large employers (more than 25 employees on a full time permanent basis) to the greater of three times the award of compensatory damages or $250,000. Requires the determination of awards for punitive damages to be made in a separate proceeding at the request of either party. Limits multiple punitive damages awards based on the same act or course of conduct. Expands the governmental defense standards to include non‑drug manufacturers and manufacturers of over‑the‑counter drugs and medical devices. The comprehensive 1996 tort reform law violated the doctrine of separation of powers and the one-subject provision of the State Constitution. State ex rel. Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers v. Sheward, 715 N.E.2d 1062 (Ohio 1999). The limit on punitive damages violated the jury trial provision of the State Constitution. Crowe v. Owens Corning Fiberglas, 718 N.E.2d 923 (Ohio 1999).
ATRA’s statement on passage of Amendment 1 to Illinois House Bill 3360
ATRA’s statement on Amendment 1 to Illinois House Bill 3360
ATRA President Tiger Joyce released the following statement in response to the unprecedented attack on the U.S. Capitol building on January 6:
ATRA voices its disappointment as Congress fails to include liability protections in its latest COVID-19 relief package.
ATRA President Tiger Joyce writes in this op-ed about a growing trend of state courts bucking SCOTUS precedent when it comes to personal jurisdiction.
Activism in AG’s office, Supreme Court’s acceptance of lawsuit funding and loose venue rules to blame