A cap on lawsuit awards, immigration checks for employees and photo IDs to register a new vehicle top the list of new South Carolina laws that went into effect Sunday, Jan. 1.
The S.C. Fairness in Civil Justice Act of 2011, signed into law by Gov. Nikki Haley on June 14, 2011, limits punitive damages in most civil lawsuits to $500,000 or three times the actual damages, whichever is greater.
The law only affects new lawsuits filed after Jan. 1 and allows for exceptions.