Pa. Bill Would Increase Cap On Municipal Tort Claims

Law360, Philadelphia (July 22, 2013, 5:43 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania state senator Friday introduced legislation that would increase the statutory cap on damages recoverable from municipalities from $500,000 to $2 million, two weeks after an appeals court upheld the statute’s constitutionality.

Sen. Larry Farnese, D-Philadelphia, said the bill, which would amend the Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act, was prompted by his constituents' stymied efforts in filing claims against the city of Philadelphia after a massive water main break in 2012.

“The $500,000 cap was instituted in 1980 and has not been reconsidered since that...
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