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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Cap on jury awards
The parents of a man who died in a church bus,/van tractor trailer rig crash in Jefferson County back in 2013, are fighting a limit on jury awards in Tennessee. Trent Roberts, 24, died in the crash that was caused by a faulty tire on the church van that the maker was aware of. But the Volunteer state has a law that limits jury awards in civil cases. It was enacted to attract businesses to the state, but now has been found unconstitutional by a federal appeals court. The parents of Trent argue the law took away a jury’s right to decide awards in civil lawsuits. Investigators laid blame for the crash on a defective Hankook Tire on the church bus, which the manufacturer knew was defective. The current Tennessee law "caps" damages companies face for behavior that causes or leads to injuries, psychological harm or death. It was enacted as a way to lure businesses to Tennessee. But the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled the state legislature has no right under Tennessee’s Constitution to take away the authority of juries to punish civil wrongdoing with punitive damages. But Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III is fighting the ruling. He is now trying to persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to reject the 6th Circuit ruling saying it is a states’ rights issue. The U.S. Supreme Court has not decided whether it will take up the case.


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