The Indiana Supreme Court has upheld the state law limiting punitive damages awarded in civil lawsuits and directs most of that money to a state victim’s fund.
The court ruled 5-0 that the limit still applied, even in a case involving child sexual abuse by a priest.
That decision overturned a lower court ruling that awarded the victim more than the state maximum.
Indiana law limits punitive damages to three times the amount of damage covering actual loss or $50,000.
Seventy-five percent of punitive damages go to a state victim compensation fund.