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Julia Cain and her daughters Raven and Reannah Cain filed a personal injury complaint against Defendant, who rear-ended them while they were driving. After a trial, the jury awarded $5,000 in compensatory damages to Raven, $5,000 in compensatory damages to Reannah, $2,000 in compensatory damages to Julia, and $500 in punitive damages to each plaintiff. The Cains appealed. The Supreme Court reversed, holding (1) the trial court did not err in excluding evidence of Defendant’s post-accident conduct; but (2) the trial court erred in giving an instruction addressing the disfavored nature of punitive damages, and the error was not harmless. Remanded.