AG Slatery Asks SCOTUS to Defend Tennessee Laws Struck Down in Federal Court

Attorney General Herbert S. Slatery III filed a petition late last week with the U.S. Supreme Court in his ongoing effort to defend a package of Tennessee legislation that places caps on damages awarded by juries in civil lawsuits, the Tennessean reports. In December, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit struck down the state’s cap on punitive damages, calling it a violation of the Tennessee Constitution. The federal court ruled the state legislature has no right under the state’s constitution to usurp the authority of juries to award punitive damages. Slatery is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to step in, saying states’ rights to decide their own constitutional issues is at stake.
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