Legislation Seeks to Cap Punitive Damages in California; Defendants Hopeful, Plaintiff Lawyers Fearful?


Typically, tort reform efforts are premised on the belief that the court systems are overly filled with unworthy cases and the awards in those cases are unnecessarily excessive. Surely, many insurers and other defendants would agree with that presupposition. Many plaintiff attorneys would vehemently disagree. If you are the former, Assembly Bill 2740, authored by Assemblyman Roger Niello (R-Fair Oaks), might be of great interest. Indeed, if it survives the gauntlet of the California legislature, AB 2740 would eliminate what many insurers and other defendants view as unpredictable jackpot awards that only drive up premiums for insureds and the cost of doing business for all companies operating in California.

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