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Md. appeals court affirms 20:1 punitive-damages ratio

Disparity did not violate due process, Court of Special Appeals says

A civil litigant’s right to due process was not violated when she was ordered to pay a punitive damages award 20 times greater than the amount assessed to compensate the victim of her defamatory actions, Maryland’s second-highest court ruled last week. The Court of Special Appeals’ reported 3-0 decision stands in seeming contrast to the U.S. ...

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