$50 million in damages overturned as Georgia employers win

The Georgia Supreme Court upheld the state’s upper limit for punitive damages in a decision Wednesday, wiping away nearly $50 million in payment to the family of a girl sexually assaulted by an employee assigned to care for her at a behavioral health center was attacked.

The 170-page split judgment is a win for the broader business community, which fears egregious behavior by its employees could expose them to liability in excess of Georgia’s $250,000 punitive damages ceiling.

Claiming the cap violated the “girl’s right to a jury trial” under the state constitution, the plaintiffs are suing the facility amid theories…