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.

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