AB 2740

  • California Assembly Bill
  • 2009-2010 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Assembly Feb 19, 2010
  • Assembly
  • Senate
  • Governor

Civil actions: damages.

Bill Subjects

Civil Actions: Damages.


Existing law authorizes the plaintiff, in an action for the breach of an obligation not arising from contract, where it is proven by clear and convincing evidence that the defendant has been guilty of oppression, fraud, or malice, to recover damages for the sake of example and by way of punishing the defendant in addition to the actual damages. This bill would limit punitive damages in those actions to 3 times the award for compensatory damages. This bill would also provide, in a case involving injury or harm allegedly caused by a product, that the manufacturer, distributor, or seller of the product shall not be guilty of oppression, fraud, or malice if, at the time of manufacture, distribution, or sale, the product, or the aspect, component, warning, or absence of warning contained in or accompanying the product that allegedly caused the injury or harm, was either approved by, or in material compliance with, a statute or the standards, rules, regulations, requirements, or specifications of, a federal or state agency responsible for regulating, evaluating, or approving the product, except as specified. Existing law also provides that the measure of damages for the breach of an obligation not arising from contract is the amount that will compensate for all the detriment proximately caused. This bill would provide that in any action for injury based on negligence, the plaintiff shall be entitled to recover noneconomic losses, as provided, not to exceed $250,000.

Bill Sponsors (1)



Nov 30, 2010


From committee without further action.

May 04, 2010


In committee: Set first hearing. Failed passage. Reconsideration granted.

Apr 05, 2010


Re-referred to Com. on JUD.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on JUD.

Mar 25, 2010


From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on JUD. Read second time and amended.


Referred to Com. on JUD.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on JUD.

Feb 22, 2010


Read first time.

Feb 21, 2010


From printer. May be heard in committee March 23.

Feb 19, 2010


Introduced. To print.

Bill Text

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02/19/10 - Introduced PDF
03/25/10 - Amended Assembly PDF

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