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Hyundai Must Pay $73 Million Punitive Award, Judge Says

Hyundai Motor Co. must pay $73 million in punitive damages to the families of two Montana teenagers killed in 2011 crash blamed on a steering defect, a judge said.

Lake County District Judge Deborah Kim Christopher rejected Hyundai’s bid to further reduce the original $240 million punitive award, ruling that Montana’s limits on such damages are unconstitutional. Christopher also upheld the state court jury’s award of $8.1 million in actual damages to the families of Trevor Olson and his cousin Tanner Olson, leaving a total judgment of $81 million.