Compensatory Damages

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Tenth Circuit Reduces Punitive Award By More Than Ninety Percent In Carbon Monoxide Case

Lately, we have had many occasions to criticize courts’ analysis of punitive damages issues, so it is nice for a change to be able to report on the Tenth Circuit’s insightful decision in Lompe v. Sunridge Partners. Readers...more

Ninth Circuit Leaves it to Policyholder to Pay Eddie Haskell’s Attorneys’ Fees

Moral hazard lurks around the edges of many disputes about liability coverage. Everyone agrees in principle that insurance shouldn’t help bad actors benefit from their wrongdoing, but parties often clash over where the...more

When Are Punitive Damages Too Punitive?

The defendants aren’t in the health care business, but their April 1 victory in the Tenth Circuit has implications for defendants in all lines of business. That’s why the U.S. Chamber of Commerce weighed in with an amicus...more

Hulk-Sized Damages in Sex Tape Privacy and Publicity Case

In 2006, Terry Gene Bollea, better known as “Hulk Hogan,” had sex with his best friend’s wife, Heather Clem. Apparently unbeknownst to either of them, his best friend Todd Alan Clem, now legally known as “Bubba the Love...more

Judgment Day Dooms Employer: No New Trial In EEOC Case After Finding Of Failure To Accommodate Anti-Christ Fears

In EEOC v. Consol Energy, Inc., Case No. 13-CV-215 (N. D. W.Va. Feb. 9, 2015), the EEOC brought a religious discrimination suit on behalf of an employee against his coal mining employer defendants, parent company Consol...more

California Court Of Appeal Bends Over Backwards To Uphold Substantial Punitive Award In Asbestos Case

The Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment requires procedural fairness in state trials, but that principle seems absent from a recent California Court of Appeal decision upholding a judgment against Kaiser Gypsum...more

The Hot, Sweaty, Smelly Results are In: You Can’t Sexually Harass Your Employee Even if She’s a Lawyer and You’re a Guru

In a tabloid-worthy legal verdict delivered on January 27, 2016, hot-yoga guru Bikram Choudhury has been found guilty by a Los Angeles jury of sexually harassing his own company lawyer and then firing her after she attempted...more

Fourth Circuit Upholds $1.75 Million Punitive Damages Award In Transvaginal Mesh Case

About a month ago, we reported on a Delaware trial court decision reducing a $75 million punitive award to $7.5 million in a transvaginal mesh case. Last week, in what we believe to be the first appellate decision in one of...more

Filing Of Four Lawsuits Over Ten Years Did Not Waive Right To Arbitrate Where “Litigation Machinery” Had Not Been Invoked

Grigsby & Associates appealed an order confirming an arbitration award of compensatory damages and attorney fees to M Securities, in a dispute relating to underwriting fees owed in a municipal bond transaction. Grigsby...more

California Jury Awards $9.8 Million In Compensatory Damages And $70 Million In Punitive Damages In Hemorrhoid Stapler Case

In a post a few weeks ago, I reported on a verdict by a federal jury in Atlanta awarding $1 million in compensatory damages and $10 million in punitive damages against the manufacturer of a hip implant. Not to be outdone, on...more

Federal Jury Awards $1 Million In Compensatory Damages And $10 Million In Punitive Damages In Bellwether Hip Implant Trial

In a post last month, we reported on a district court’s rulings on motions in limine in the first bellwether hip implant trial against Wright Medical Technology Incorporated. The case subsequently went to trial, and last week...more

J & J Files Cert Petition in Massachusetts Supreme Court’s Unsupportable Rejection of Preemption Defense in Reckis TEN/Children’s...

Back in April, we blogged about the Massachusetts Supreme Court’s head-scratching rejection of defendants’ preemption defense in Reckis v. Johnson & Johnson, 471 Mass. 272, 2015 Mass. LEXIS 169 (Mass. April 17, 2015). As...more

The EEOC's Battlecry: Cracking Down Hard on Religious Discrimination

On the heels of the biggest religious discrimination case in years, and in line with the EEOC's "hottest litigation trend" (according to David Lopez, General Counsel of the EEOC), the EEOC continued its charge against...more

Time Is Precious with Computer-Hacking Claims

A recent ruling shows that plaintiffs must act fast when using a federal criminal statute for a civil suit. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in August addressed the proper application of the statute of...more

FINRA Panel Did Not Exceed Authority Or Manifestly Disregard Law By Failing To Award “Prevailing Party” Attorney’s Fees

A broker sought to vacate his FINRA compensatory damages award against a broker/dealer because the award did not include his attorney’s fees. The broker believed he was entitled to those fees as the “prevailing party” within...more

Plaintiffs Allege GSK Hid Risk of Birth Defects

The Food and Drug Administration approved Zofran in 1991 for use in cancer patients who required chemotherapy or radiation therapy. The two women have sued GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the maker of Zofran, accusing it of promoting...more

Jury Awards $240,000 to Muslim Truck Drivers In EEOC Religious Discrimination Suit

Star Transport Fired Truckers for Refusing to Transport Alcohol, Federal Agency Charged - CHICAGO - A federal jury in Peoria, Ill., has awarded $240,000 to two Somalian-American Muslims who were fired from their jobs as...more

DAP Products Sued By EEOC For Disability Discrimination

Construction Products Manufacturer Fired Capable Worker Because of Cancer, Federal Agency Charged - DALLAS - DAP Products, Inc., a Dallas-based business and a leading manufacturer of home repair and construction...more

SEC Settles Charges that Investment Adviser Failed to Adequately Disclose Changes in Investment Strategy

The SEC settled charges with two investment advisers to a closed-end fund based on allegations that the advisers failed to adequately disclose a change in investment strategy to the fund’s board and its investors. The SEC...more

Failure to Promote Employee on Maternity Leave Results in Litigation

When the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) was enacted in 1978, employers were clearly put on notice that they are forbidden from discriminating on the basis of pregnancy. Unfortunately, charges of pregnancy discrimination...more

Third Circuit Affirms Bad Faith Involuntary Bankruptcy Dismissal, Increasing Risk of Punitive Damages

Last week’s decision by the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in In re: Forever Green Athletic Fields, Inc., No. 14-3906 (3d Cir. Oct. 16, 2015) held that an involuntary bankruptcy petition filed under 11 U.S.C. §...more

C.R. Bard Awarded Summary Judgement on Warning Claim in IVC Case

An inferior vena cava (IVC) filter is used to prevent life threatening pulmonary emboli. Once installed, the filter’s arms and legs open and anchors it to the walls of the IVC. The filter then catches blood clots that would...more

Employer Ordered to Pay Whistleblower $100,000 Punitive Damages

In a recent Federal District Court OSHA 11(c) retaliation case, Perez v. Sandpoint Gas N Go, 14-cv-357 (9-29-2015), Chief Judge B. Lynn Winmill provides a strong reminder that the Courts will protect from retaliation...more

Human Rights Commission to New York City Employers: Be Wary of Consulting Credit Histories

Businesses operating in New York City may already be aware that the Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act (read the full text here), which took effect on September 3, 2015, generally prohibits employers from...more

Kentucky Supreme Court Sets Forth Helpful Principles On Liability For Punitive Damages

Cases in which an appellate court holds that a state’s standard for punitive liability was not satisfied even though there was sufficient evidence to support liability for the underlying causes of action are regrettably rare....more

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