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Friday, April 6, 2012

VA Tech Asks Court to Cap Damages Via VTCA in Shooting Case

The families of two victims of the April 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech won an $8M award last month.  However, that award will be reduced to $100,000 per family pursuant to the Virginia Tort Claims Act.  Many states have tort claims acts which took the place of full sovereign immunity; they allow tort claims, but with capped damages and sometimes at a higher standard, such as gross negligence.  Reuters has the story.

--CJR

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