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Wis. GOP caps punitive damages in tort reform bill

Senate Republicans revised a sweeping civil lawsuit reform bill Friday to cap punitive damages plaintiffs can collect from defendants. Full story

US smoker awarded $4M more in tobacco lawsuit

A female smoker who won $8 million against a tobacco company in May has been awarded $4 million in punitive damages and stands to get millions more in interest. Full story

Gulf spill suit lawyers want claims czar reined in

Lead attorneys for people and businesses suing over the Gulf oil spill want a federal judge overseeing their cases to rein in the administrator of the $20 billion victims compensation fund that BP set up. Full story

Punitive damages given in Lorillard smoking case

BOSTON (Reuters Life!) - The third largest U.S. cigarette maker has been ordered to pay $81 million in punitive damages to the estate of a woman who died after a decades of smoking Newport cigarettes. Full story

$81M in punitive damages for giving kids free cigs

A tobacco company that allegedly tried to hook black children on cigarettes was ordered Thursday to pay $81 million in punitive damages to the estate and son of a Boston woman who started smoking at age 13, in what an attorney said is one of the largest jury awards of its kind in the United States. Full story

$1.4 million verdict in Boy Scout abuse case

An Oregon jury finds the Boy Scouts of America negligent in a case of repeated sexual abuse by an assistant Scoutmaster in the 1980s and awards the plaintiff $1.4 million. Full story

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