Thursday, March 15, 2012
Jury finds for plaintiffs in case vs Virginia Tech based on 2007 campus shooting but amount will be reduced because of mandatory caps
The jury in a wrongful death case brought by the families of two students against Virginia Tech University recently found that the defendant was negligent and awarded the plaintiffs $4 million each. However, because of the state’s damages cap, the awards are likely to be reduced to a mere $100,000 each for their dead children. Professor Jonathan Turley has published a comment (with links to more information) in which he argues that "For [the] parents . . . the cap must be a terrible insult as the calculation of what the state believes their child is worth in the face of lethal negligence by the school." Go here to read the full comment.