2010 Arkansas Code
16-55-208. Limitations on the amount of punitive damages.
Title 16 - Practice, Procedure, And Courts
Subtitle 5 - Civil Procedure Generally
Chapter 55 - General Provisions
Subchapter 2 - Civil Justice Reform Act of 2003
§ 16-55-208 - Limitations on the amount of punitive damages.
(a) Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, a punitive damages award for each plaintiff shall not be more than the greater of the following:
(1) Two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000); or
(2) Three (3) times the amount of compensatory damages awarded in the action, not to exceed one million dollars ($1,000,000).
(b) Subsection (a) of this section shall not apply when the finder of fact:
(1) Determines by clear and convincing evidence that, at the time of the injury, the defendant intentionally pursued a course of conduct for the purpose of causing injury or damage; and
(2) Determines that the defendant's conduct did, in fact, harm the plaintiff.
(c) As to the punitive damages limitations established in subsection (a) of this section, the fixed sums of two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000) set forth in subdivision (a)(1) of this section and one million dollars ($1,000,000) set forth in subdivision (a)(2) of this section shall be adjusted as of January 1, 2006, and at three-year intervals thereafter, in accordance with the Consumer Price Index rate for the previous year as determined by the Administrative Office of the Courts.
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