Justinian Lane

Wisconsin May Cap Punitive Damages At $200,000

Continuing the “2011 will be a bad year for civil justice” theme:

The Senate judiciary committee voted 3-2 on Friday to cap punitive damages at $200,000 or twice the amount of compensatory damages, whichever is greater. Current state law does not lay out any caps on punitive damages.

Source: Wis. GOP caps punitive damages in tort reform bill - WBAY-TV Green Bay-Fox Cities-Northeast Wisconsin News

Capping punitive damages at $200k will only encourage corporations to sell profitable but defective products.  If it weren’t for punitive damage awards well in excess of $200k, Johns Manville might still be pumping out asbestos products.

I don’t understand Republican ideology.  On one hand, most of them support the death penalty.  But on the other hand, they don’t like punitive damages.  How can you rationalize putting a man to death for committing a crime, but not allowing the family of his victims to take more than $200k?

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Posted at 2:29 PM, Jan 14, 2011 in News
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this has nothing to do with republican "ideology".

Posted by: kevin | January 18, 2011 5:14 PM

Sure it does. Whenever the Republican party issues their issues platform, they're always for the death penalty and for tort "reform."

Posted by: Justinian Lane | January 20, 2011 12:52 AM