Civil Actions – Punitive Damage Awards

Bill Number:  SB0005

Bill Sponsor(s):  Senator Norman

Subject:  Judicial Proceedings

Bill Summary:

Providing that punitive damages may be awarded in a civil action only if the plaintiff proves by clear and convincing evidence that the defendant acted with wantonness, fraud, or malice; requiring a trier of fact to consider a defendant’s liability for punitive damages concurrently with all other issues presented in the action; requiring a trier of fact to determine the amount of punitive damages to be awarded based on certain factors under certain circumstances; applying the Act prospectively; etc.


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