|Post by Logan Wells|
Greetings from Greenville, S.C.!
I’m Logan Wells, and I would like to thank you for being a part of my first blogging experience. Thankfully, tort reform in South Carolina, the topic of my first ever blog post, is of great interest and significance to me and hopefully to you as well. This first post is about the limits now placed on punitive damage awards. If you have any questions/comments, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
On June 14, 2011, the South Carolina Fairness in Civil Justice Act of 2011 was signed into law. The Act will become effective on January 1, 2012, making significant changes to the law concerning punitive damage awards in South Carolina.
If the jury awards punitive damages, the trial court must review the jury’s decision, considering all relevant evidence including the 11 aforementioned factors. In an action with multiple defendants, a punitive damages award must be specific to each defendant, and each defendant is liable only for the amount of the award made against that defendant.