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A jury’s award of $10 million to three former Philadelphia police officers in a race discrimination suit was properly slashed to just $900,000, a federal appeals court has ruled, because the plaintiffs had sued only under federal law, which imposes a $300,000 cap on damages.

The decision by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in McKenna v. City of Philadelphia caps more than 13 years of litigation and rejects appeals filed by both sides.

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