There is no cap on punitive damages in civil cases against businesses, and that hurts the state’s economic development. That’s the opinion of state senators pushing for new tort reforms. Senator Larry Martin is leading this effort to consider the bill as it was first sent to the Senate, undoing some of the work of the Judiciary Committee.
Darlington’s Gerald Malloy says the legislature reformed civil case rules a few years ago and questions why it needs to happen again.
A recent fatal accident in Spartanburg adds to the discussion of limiting damages. A child was killed in an amusement ride crash in a city park, an accident that is still under investigation. The families who are injured because of the crash are seeking damages to cover a long list of medical bills.
Some senators are taking issue with the admission of seatbelt evidence when the damages exceed $200,000. John Land of Clarendon, an attorney, cross-examined Sen. Larry Martin on this part of the bill: