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Thu Feb 21, 2013, 04:47 PM

233. Illinois your limit is $20,000 plus attorney's fees

 

§115/3: Parents liable for willful or malicious property damage or personal injury. §115/3: $20,000 Plus Atty’s Fees (115/5)

§5/21-1.2: Parent liable for child’s damage to church, mosque, synagogue, cemetery, etc. §5/21-1.2: $20,000 Plus Atty’s Fees (115/5)

§5/16A-7: Parents civilly liable for retail theft by child.§5/16A-7: $20,000 Plus Atty’s Fees (115/5), Plus $100 to $1,000 and Atty’s Fees/Costs

http://www.mwl-law.com/CM/Resources/Parental-Responsibility-Chart.pdf

In Illinois, the $20,000 liability only applies to acts of children over age 11:

This Act shall be known and may be cited as the Parental Responsibility Law.
(Source: P.A. 76-1679.)

(740 ILCS 115/2) (from Ch. 70, par. 52)
Sec. 2. As used in this Act, unless the context otherwise requires, the terms specified have the meanings ascribed to them:
(1) "Legal guardian" means a person appointed guardian, or given custody, of a minor by a circuit court of the State, but does not include a person appointed guardian, or given custody, of a minor under the Juvenile Court Act or the Juvenile Court Act of 1987.
(2) "Minor" means a person who is above the age of 11 years, but not yet 19 years of age.
(Source: P.A. 85-1209.)

(740 ILCS 115/3) (from Ch. 70, par. 53)
Sec. 3. Liability. The parent or legal guardian of an unemancipated minor who resides with such parent or legal guardian is liable for actual damages for the wilful or malicious acts of such minor which cause injury to a person or property, including damages caused by a minor who has been adjudicated a delinquent for violating Section 21-1.3 of the Criminal Code of 1961 or the Criminal Code of 2012. Reasonable attorney's fees may be awarded to any plaintiff in any action under this Act. If the plaintiff is a governmental unit, reasonable attorney's fees may be awarded up to $15,000.
The changes to this Section made by this amendatory Act of the 95th General Assembly apply to causes of action accruing on or after its effective date.
(Source: P.A. 97-1150, eff. 1-25-13.)

(740 ILCS 115/4) (from Ch. 70, par. 54)
Sec. 4. Any municipal corporation, county, township, village or any other political subdivision or department of the State of Illinois, or the United States or any of its instrumentalities, or any person, partnership, corporation, association or any incorporated or unincorporated religious, educational or charitable organization is entitled to enforce the liability imposed by this Act.
(Source: P.A. 88-406.)

(740 ILCS 115/5) (from Ch. 70, par. 55)
Sec. 5. Limitation on damages; damages allowable. No recovery under this Act may exceed $20,000 actual damages for each person, or legal entity as provided in Section 4 of this Act, for the first act or occurrence of such wilful or malicious acts by the minor causing injury, and $30,000 if a pattern or practice of wilful or malicious acts by a minor exists for a separate act or occurrence, in addition to taxable court costs and attorney's fees. In determining the damages to be allowed in an action under this Act for personal injury, only medical, dental and hospital expenses and expenses for treatment by Christian Science practitioners and nursing care appropriate thereto may be considered.
The changes to this Section made by this amendatory Act of the 95th General Assembly apply to causes of action accruing on or after its effective date.
(Source: P.A. 94-130, eff. 7-7-05; 95-914, eff. 1-1-09.)

(740 ILCS 115/6) (from Ch. 70, par. 56)
Sec. 6.
This Act shall not affect the recovery of damages in any other cause of action where the liability of the parent or legal guardian is predicated on a common law basis.
(Source: P.A. 76-1679.)

(740 ILCS 115/7) (from Ch. 70, par. 57)
Sec. 7. Section 12-107 of the Code of Civil Procedure, as now or hereafter amended, is not applicable to judgments obtained under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 82-783.)


http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=2045&ChapterID=57

The parents or legal guardians of an unemancipated minor, other than guardians appointed under the Juvenile Court Act or the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, shall be liable for the amount of any judgment for actual damages rendered against the minor under this subsection in an amount not exceeding the amount provided under Section 5 of the Parental Responsibility Law.

(Source: P.A. 97-1108, eff. 1-1-13.)
http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs4.asp?DocName=072000050HArt%2E+21%2C+Subdiv%2E+1&ActID=1876&ChapterID=53&SeqStart=64550000&SeqEnd=65150000

(a) A person who commits the offense of retail theft as defined in subdivision (a)(1), (a)(2), (a)(3), or (a)(8) of Section 16-25 shall be civilly liable to the merchant of the merchandise in an amount consisting of:
(i) actual damages equal to the full retail value of

the merchandise; plus
(ii) an amount not less than $100 nor more than

$1,000; plus
(iii) attorney's fees and court costs.
(b) If a minor commits the offense of retail theft, the parents or guardian of the minor shall be civilly liable as provided in this Section; however, a guardian appointed pursuant to the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 shall not be liable under this Section. Total recovery under this Section shall not exceed the maximum recovery permitted under Section 5 of the Parental Responsibility Law. For the purposes of this Section, "minor" means a person who is less than 19 years of age, is unemancipated, and resides with his or her parent or parents or legal guardian.
(c) A conviction or a plea of guilty to the offense of retail theft is not a prerequisite to the bringing of a civil suit under this Section.
(d) Judgments arising under this Section may be assigned.
(Source: P.A. 97-597, eff. 1-1-12.)


http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs4.asp?DocName=072000050HArt%2E+16%2C+Subdiv%2E+10&ActID=1876&ChapterID=53&SeqStart=39100000&SeqEnd=39600000

Now in Texas the langauge is different:

FAMILY CODE

TITLE 2. CHILD IN RELATION TO THE FAMILY

SUBTITLE B. PARENTAL LIABILITY

CHAPTER 41. LIABILITY OF PARENTS FOR CONDUCT OF CHILD

Sec. 41.001. LIABILITY. A parent or other person who has the duty of control and reasonable discipline of a child is liable for any property damage proximately caused by:
(1) the negligent conduct of the child if the conduct is reasonably attributable to the negligent failure of the parent or other person to exercise that duty; or
(2) the wilful and malicious conduct of a child who is at least 10 years of age but under 18 years of age.

Amended by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 20, Sec. 1, eff. April 20, 1995; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 587, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.


Sec. 41.002. LIMIT OF DAMAGES. Recovery for damage caused by wilful and malicious conduct is limited to actual damages, not to exceed $25,000 per occurrence, plus court costs and reasonable attorney's fees.

Amended by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 20, Sec. 1, eff. April 20, 1995; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 783, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.


Sec. 41.0025. LIABILITY FOR PROPERTY DAMAGE TO AN INN OR HOTEL. (a) Notwithstanding Section 41.002, recovery of damages by an inn or hotel for wilful and malicious conduct is limited to actual damages, not to exceed $25,000 per occurrence, plus court costs and reasonable attorney's fees.
(b) In this section "occurrence" means one incident on a single day in one hotel room. The term does not include incidents in separate rooms or incidents that occur on different days.

Added by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 40, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.


Sec. 41.003. VENUE. A suit as provided by this chapter may be filed in the county in which the conduct of the child occurred or in the county in which the defendant resides.

Amended by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 20, Sec. 1, eff. April 20, 1995.



http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/FA/htm/FA.41.htm


i.e, it is a defence if the acts of the Child is BEYOUND what a normal parent would consider a child would do. It is also a defence if the child is below age 10.

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