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Civil rights groups ask court to strike down liability cap
Civil rights groups ask court to strike down liability cap

Civil rights groups are asking Maryland's highest court to strike down a state law capping the amount of money plaintiffs can receive after successfully suing a local government, saying larger penalties are necessary to ensure justice in police brutality cases. The cap stems from a state law that says a local government's liability may not exceed $200,000 per plaintiff in a lawsuit and $500,000 for all claims connected to one incident. Even when a jury awards millions of dollars in damages, the amount is reduced to comply with the cap. The ACLU, joined by the Public Justice Center and the Caucus of African American Leaders, filed briefs this week in the Maryland Court of...

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