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Indiana Appeals Court Upholds Tort Cap

The Indiana Court of Appeals Wednesday ruled that the state’s tort claims cap – which limits how much money people can sue the state for – is constitutional.

The lawsuit revolved around the 2011 State Fair stage collapse.

The state’s tort claims cap is set at $700,00 per person and $5 million per incident.

Jordyn Polet is the only injured victim of the State Fair stage collapse who did not accept the state’s settlement offer in 2011. Part of Polet’s lawsuit over the tragedy challenged that claims cap.

In a unanimous decision, the Indiana Court of Appeals upheld the constitutionality of the cap.

In a statement, Attorney General Greg Zoeller says the purpose of the cap comes from the fact that, unlike with a private company, suing the state involves taxpayer dollars, and as Zoeller says, “taxpayers did not cause the loss.”

There is no word yet on whether the court’s ruling will be appealed.

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