ATLANTA - Georgia stands to rake in a windfall of up to $77.3 million following a ruling by the state Supreme Court Monday that the state can retain the lion's share of certain liability awards.

In two separate decisions. the court allowed a 1987 state law to stand, permitting Georgia to withhold 75% of two multimillion dollar punitive damage payments: $101 million assessed against General Motors, and $2 million against Mack Trucks Inc. Under the law, the costs of litigation and attorneys' fees are deducted from the state's share.

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