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Introduced Version Senate Bill 293 History

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Senate Bill No. 293

(By Senators Carmichael and Jenkins)

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[Introduced January 8, 2014; referred to the

Committee on the Judiciary.]

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A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §55-7-27, relating to limiting the amount of punitive damages recoverable in a personal injury or wrongful death action.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §55-7-27, to read as follows:

ARTICLE 7. ACTIONS FOR INJURIES.

§55-7-27. Limits on punitive damages.

    (a) In an action to recover damages for personal injury or wrongful death, the maximum amount recoverable as punitive damages may not exceed $500,000, or two times the plaintiff's compensatory damages award, whichever is less.

    (b) For purposes of this section, "punitive damages" means noncompensatory damages awarded against a party in a personal injury or wrongful death action to penalize that party or to provide a deterrence to discourage similar conduct by that party in the future.

    (c) Nothing in this section may be construed to create a claim for punitive damages not existing in this code at the time of enactment of this section.




    NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to place limits on the amount of punitive damages that may be awarded in a personal injury or wrongful death action.


    This section is new; therefore, strike-throughs and underscoring have been omitted.

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