Fortin v. TitcombAnnotate this Case
Plaintiff filed an action in the U.S. district court against a Maine police officer, alleging that the officer used force in arresting Plaintiff in violation of state and federal law. A jury found the officer liable on Plaintiff's state law negligence claim and awarded Plaintiff $125,000 in damages. The district court amended the judgment to reduce the damages award to $10,000 pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 14, 8104-D. Plaintiff appealed to the First Circuit Court of Appeals. The First Circuit certified two questions for the Supreme Court's review. The Court answered only the first question by holding that whether or not an insurance policy is available to cover a judgment against a government employee sued in his personal capacity, the applicable limit on the award of damages is $10,000 pursuant to section 8104-D rather than $400,000 or the policy limit pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 14, 8105(1) and 8116.