Pa. Justices To Rethink Governmental Damages Cap

Law360, Philadelphia (January 17, 2014, 4:44 PM EST) -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court said Thursday it would consider whether a state law setting a $500,000 cap on damages that can be levied on public agencies, invoked to trim a $14 million verdict against a suburban Philadelphia school district after a bus accident, violates equal protection principles.

The appeal comes after a split Commonwealth Court panel ruled in July that legal precedent and the terms of the state’s Tort Claims Act — a law placing a $500,000 cap on damages awarded against a political subdivision —...
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