Proposed HB 465

Proposed HBA rather surprising bill made early strides before the House this session. The House Courts of Justice Civil Subcommittee recommended approval of HB 465. The Bill as introduced was as follows:

Jury verdict; excess damages; amendment of pleadings. Allows a court, in the event a jury returns a verdict for damages in excess of the amount requested, to amend the pleadings to conform them to the amount awarded and enter a judgment for such damages

Such a bill would have dramatically changed the state of law in Virginia. Not only would the ad damnum have been effectively rendered superfluous, but runaway verdicts could abound under such a rule. On January 27, 2010 the bill was Passed by indefinitely in the Courts of Justice Committee.

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