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SB 863 - Compensation for Non-Economic Damages - Key Vote

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Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (29-18) - (Key vote)

Title: Compensation for Non-Economic Damages

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that caps compensation for non-economic damages in civil suits at $250,000, beginning November 1, 2011.

Highlights:
  • Limits the amount of compensation which may be awarded for non-economic damages to $250,000 (Sec. 1).
  • Defines "non-economic damages" as all subjective, non-monetary losses including, but not limited to, damages for pain and suffering, inconvenience, emotional distress, injury to reputation and humiliation (Sec. 1).
  • Authorizes a jury to award compensation in excess of the $250,000 limit, if the jury finds that the defendant acted intentionally or with malice, or was guilty of gross negligence (Sec. 1).
  • Specifies that damages awarded to a plaintiff for an economic loss shall not be subject to any limitation (Sec. 1).
  • Exempts wrongful death lawsuits from the provisions of this act (Sec. 1).
  • This act is effective November 1, 2011 (Sec. 3).
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Compensation for Non-Economic Damages

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