1. Limit established.  In any claim or cause of action permitted by this chapter, the award of damages, including costs, against either a governmental entity or its employees, or both, may not exceed $400,000 for any and all claims arising out of a single occurrence.
[ 1999, c. 460, §1 (AMD); 1999, c. 460, §2 (AFF) .]

Terms Used In Maine Revised Statutes Title 14 Sec. 8105

  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Equitable: Pertaining to civil suits in "equity" rather than in "law." In English legal history, the courts of "law" could order the payment of damages and could afford no other remedy. See damages. A separate court of "equity" could order someone to do something or to cease to do something. See, e.g., injunction. In American jurisprudence, the federal courts have both legal and equitable power, but the distinction is still an important one. For example, a trial by jury is normally available in "law" cases but not in "equity" cases. Source: U.S. Courts
  • Governmental entity: means and includes the State and political subdivisions as defined in subsection 3. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 22 Sec. 3174-II
  • State: means the State of Maine or any office, department, agency, authority, commission, board, institution, hospital or other instrumentality of the State, including the Maine Turnpike Authority, the Maine Port Authority, the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority, the Maine Community College System, the Maine Veterans' Homes, the Maine Public Employees Retirement System, the Maine Military Authority and all such other state entities. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 22 Sec. 3174-II
1-A. Limit established for out-of-state transit district or regional transportation corporation.  
[ 2011, c. 520, §2 (NEW); MRSA T. 14, §8105, sub-§1-A (RP) .]

2. Costs.  Court costs, prejudgment interest and all other costs that a court may assess must be included within the damage limit specified by this section. Accrued post-judgment interest may not be included within the damage limit.
[ 1995, c. 61, §1 (AMD) .]

3. Claims in excess of limit.  When a claimant or several claimants believe they may have a claim against the State in excess of the limit established in subsection 1, or for a claim for which the State is immune, they may apply to the Legislature for special authorization to proceed within another specified limit.
[ 1977, c. 2, §2 (NEW) .]

4. Apportionment of claims.  When the amount awarded to or settled for multiple claimants exceeds the limit imposed by this section, any party may apply to the Superior Court for the county in which the governmental entity is located to allocate to each claimant his equitable share of the total, limited as required by this section.
A. Any award by the court in excess of the maximum liability limit specified by subsection 1 shall be automatically abated by operation of this section to the maximum limit of liability. [1977, c. 2, §2 (NEW).]

[ 1977, c. 2, §2 (NEW) .]

5. Exclusion from judgment or award.  No judgment or award against a governmental entity shall include punitive or exemplary damages.
[ 1977, c. 2, §2 (NEW) .]

SECTION HISTORY

1977, c. 2, §§2,5 (NEW). 1977, c. 78, §113 (AMD). 1977, c. 591, §6 (AMD). 1979, c. 68, §5 (AMD). 1987, c. 740, §5 (AMD). 1995, c. 61, §1 (AMD). 1999, c. 460, §1 (AMD). 1999, c. 460, §2 (AFF). 2011, c. 520, §2 (AMD).