Tennessee Supreme Court to Hear Case Challenging Cap on Jury Awards

The state Supreme Court this week agreed to hear a challenge to the constitutionality of a Tennessee law that requires judges to override jury awards in civil lawsuits, Knoxnews reports. The punitive damages cap law was part of the Tennessee Civil Justice Act, a package of legislation passed by the state legislature in 2011 to create a pro-business climate in Tennessee by protecting businesses from hefty damages awards in cases of civil wrongdoing. The case that brought the challenge was one of a California woman who was injured in a shop at the Nashville airport and was awarded $444,500 by a jury to cover costs and $930,000 for pain and suffering. Defense attorneys invoked the state's $750,000 damages cap to deny her the full award.
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