Pa. Appeals Court Upholds $500K Governmental Damages Cap

Law360, Philadelphia (July 8, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT) -- The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court on Wednesday refused to declare unconstitutional the state’s statutory cap on damages leveled against governmental entities, affirming a decision dropping a $14 million jury verdict awarded to a girl who lost her leg following a school bus accident to $500,000.

In a split precedential decision, a three-judge panel said the Pennsylvania Supreme Court repeatedly had upheld the constitutionality of the state’s Tort Claims Act — a law placing a $500,000 cap on damages awarded against a political subdivision — and effectively tied...
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