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Governor Haley signs tort reform into law (access required)

Two years of political back-and-forth ended when Gov. Nikki Haley signed a new law that caps punitive damages, making South Carolina the last state in the Southeast to a pass tort reform measure. The Fairness in Civil Justice Act of 2011 was signed July 26 and takes effect Jan. 1. The new civil litigation law is built on two tiers of liability caps. The first limits damages to $500,000 or three times the compensatory damages awarded, whichever is greater, while the second tier raises the cap to $2 million or four times the compensatory damages.

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