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WEST virginia Legislature

2016 regular session

Introduced

Senate Bill 301

BY Senators Ferns, Gaunch, Mullins and Takubo

 [Introduced January 15, 2016;
Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
]

A BILL to amend and reenact §56-6-31 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to rate of interest allowed for prejudgment and post-judgment interest.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:


That §56-6-31 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:

 ARTICLE 6. TRIAL.


§56-6-31. Interest on judgment or decree.

(a) Except where it is otherwise provided by law, every judgment or decree for the payment of money, whether in an action sounding in tort, contract or otherwise, entered by any court of this state shall bear simple interest, not compounding, from the date thereof of the judgment or decree, whether it be so is stated in the judgment or decree or not: Provided, That if the judgment or decree, or any part thereof of it is for special damages, as defined below, or for liquidated damages, the court may order that some amount of the special or liquidated damages, shall as calculated after the amount of any settlements, bear interest. Any such amounts of special or liquidated damages shall bear simple interest, not compounding, at the rate in effect for the calendar year in which the right to bring the same shall have action has accrued, as determined by the court and that established rate shall remain constant from that date until the date of the judgment or decree, notwithstanding changes in the federal reserve district discount rate in effect in subsequent years prior to the date of the judgment or decree. Special damages includes lost wages and income, medical expenses, damages to tangible personal property and similar out-of-pocket expenditures, as determined by the court. If an obligation is based upon a written agreement, the obligation shall bear a bears prejudgment interest at the rate and terms set forth in the written agreement until the date the judgment or decree is entered and, thereafter after that, the judgment interest rate shall be is the same rate as provided for in this section.

(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of section five, article six, chapter forty-seven of this code, the rate of interest on judgments and decrees for the payment of money, including prejudgment interest, is three two percentage points above the Fifth Federal Reserve District secondary discount rate in effect on January 2, of the year in which the judgment or decree is entered: Provided, That the rate of prejudgment and post-judgment interest shall may not exceed eleven seven percent per annum or be less than seven three percent per annum. The Administrative Office of the Supreme Court of Appeals shall annually determine the interest rate to be paid upon judgments or decrees for the payment of money and shall take appropriate measures to promptly notify the courts and members of the West Virginia State Bar of the rate of interest in effect for the calendar year in question. Once the rate of interest is established by a judgment or decree as provided in this section that established rate shall thereafter after that remain constant for that particular judgment or decree, notwithstanding changes in the Federal Reserve District discount rate in effect in subsequent years.

(c) Amendments to this section enacted by the Legislature during the 2006 2016 regular session shall become effective January 1, 2007 2017.


 

NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to change the amounts of prejudgment and post-judgment interest to reflect today's economic conditions.

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.

 

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