(Top L-R) Supreme Court Chief Justice Carlos G. Muñiz, and Justices Charles T. Canady, John Couriel, (Bottom L-R)Jamie Grosshans, and Jorge Labarga. (Credit: Courtesy photo/J. Albert Diaz/ALM) (Clockwise, from top left) Supreme Court Chief Justice Carlos G. Muñiz and Justices Charles T. Canady, John Couriel, Jorge Labarga and Jamie Grosshans. (Credit: Courtesy photo/J. Albert Diaz/ALM)

The Florida Supreme Court ruled that a trial judge in a wrongful-death action must use judicial discretion on whether a punitive damages award a jury returned is reasonable in comparison to both the compensatory damage award and the injury that the beneficiaries suffered.

The ruling was based on a question the Fifth District Court of Appeal certified.

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