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High Court Sets Limits on Punitive Damage Awards

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High Court Sets Limits on Punitive Damage Awards

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High Court Sets Limits on Punitive Damage Awards

High Court Sets Limits on Punitive Damage Awards

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The U.S. Supreme Court rules that punitive damages must be proportionate to the harm suffered, overturning a $145 million award against State Farm for its handling of an auto-accident claim. The court says "excessive" damages violate the constitutional principles of due process. Hear NPR's Jim Zarroli.