Ohio Supreme Court Orders Part of Punitive Award Given to Charity

Esther Dardinger died of cancer at age 49 in 1997, after her insurer balked at continuing to pay for her chemotherapy treatment. The Ohio Supreme Court trimmed an award that originally topped $50 million to $32.5 million -- $2.5 million in compensatory, and $30 million in punitive damages. It ordered that $10 million of the punitives go to the victim's family, and the other $20 million go to charity, after legal fees are subtracted. I've never heard of this before, but it sounds like a good idea to me. Read an article about it here, or read the Court's opinion here (PDF format).