Court Overturns Punitive Damage Award 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.
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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.