Punitive damages.

Authors: Senator Susan Glick

Digest

Provides that when an award in a civil action includes a punitive damage award: (1) the court shall send a written copy of the punitive damage award to the office of the attorney general; (2) the state's interest in the punitive damage award that is deposited into the violent crime victims compensation fund vests; and (3) the state becomes a creditor with respect to that part of the punitive damage award that is deposited into the violent crime victims compensation fund. Allows the attorney general to intervene in an action concerning the award of punitive damages to protect the state's interest in the punitive damage award from being reduced or eliminated by a court order or by an agreement among the parties to the action. Provides that the attorney general must consent to any settlement that reduces or eliminates the state's interest in a punitive damage award.