Punitive Damages Reform: SB 2265 (1986): Iowa Code Ann. § 668A.1.
Requires a plaintiff to show that a defendant acted with
Requires a plaintiff to show that a defendant acted with “willful and wanton disregard for the rights and safety of another.” (In 1987 the evidence standard was elevated to “clear, convincing, and satisfactory” evidence.) Requires 75% or more of all punitive damages awards to be paid to the State Civil Reparations Trust Fund. The statute directing 75% of punitive damages awards to a civil reparation trust fund did not violate the equal protection or due process clauses of the State or Federal Constitutions. Shepherd Components, Inc. v. Brice Petrides-Donohue & Associates, Inc., 473 N.W.2d 612 (Iowa 1991).
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