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Court Overturns Punitive Damage Award

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Court Overturns Punitive Damage Award

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Court Overturns Punitive Damage Award

Court Overturns Punitive Damage Award

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The U.S. Supreme Court rules that punitive damages in civil cases must be proportional to the harm the plaintiff suffered. The court says huge damage awards — many times the size of a plaintiff's actual losses — usually are unconstitutional. The decision overturns a ruling in which State Farm Insurance was ordered to pay $145 million for its handling of an auto-accident claim. NPR's Jim Zarroli reports.