Slashing a jury’s emotional damages award by two-thirds, a federal judge in Harrisburg has ruled that a plaintiff who has no evidence of “long-lasting effects” from a brief period of emotional trauma is not entitled to any more than $50,000.

The ruling in Dee v. Borough of Dunmore by U.S. District Judge A. Richard Caputo of the Middle District of Pennsylvania reduces a jury’s verdict from $150,000 to $50,000 and completely overturns the jury’s award of $6,000 in punitive damages — $1,000 against each of the six individual defendants.

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