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Texas Supreme Court Issues Important Decision On How To Calculate Ratio Of Punitive To Compensatory Damages In Multi-Defendant...

Application of the Supreme Court’s excessiveness guideposts to cases involving multiple defendants is one of the more confounding problems that arises in punitive damages jurisprudence. The Supreme Court of Texas got the...more

Mining company doomed in resurrected 'mark of the beast' lawsuit

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals (whose rulings apply to all South Carolina employers) recently decided a religious accommodation case in which a jury awarded a former employee more than half a million dollars. The Equal...more

Biometric Attendance Scanner or “Mark of the Beast”?: How an Employee’s Unusual Religious Belief Cost the Employer $600,000.

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

A recent case from the Fourth Circuit illustrates the risks for employers posed by the obligation to reasonably accommodate religious objections to workplace rules and practices under Title VII. How should an employer handle...more

Missouri enacts new employment law favoring employers

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

On June 30, Governor Eric Greitens signed into law a new bill making notable changes to rights and remedies for claims under Missouri’s discrimination law (“MHRA”) and claims for whistleblower retaliation. The changes more...more

EEOC Sued Diversified Maintenance Systems for Race Discrimination and Retaliation

Tampa-Based Janitorial Service Provider Rejected African-Americans for Jobs and Punished Black Employee for Opposing Discrimination, Federal Agency Charges - BALTIMORE - Janitorial Service Provider Diversified Maintenance...more

West Virginia Supreme Court Holds That State’s Cap On Punitive Damages Applies To Claims That Arose Before the Statute’s Effective...

In 2015, West Virginia enacted a statute that caps punitive damages at the greater of $500,000 or four times the compensatory damages. We blogged about the statute here, explaining that the West Virginia legislature was...more

West Virginia Supreme Court Decision Clears the Way for Legal Reform

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

On June 16, 2017, the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia delivered its opinion in the matter of Martinez v. Asplundh Tree Expert Co., which involved consideration of whether two key pieces of West Virginia’s...more

Punitive Damages Overkill Redux: J&J Hit With Another Massive Disproportionate Punitive Award In Talc Litigation

Just about a week after suffering its third punitive award in pelvic-mesh litigation, Johnson & Johnson found itself on the wrong end of a $105 million punitive award—close to 20 times the $5.4 million compensatory award—in...more

Caveat creditor: Risks of filing an involuntary bankruptcy

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

When faced with a recalcitrant debtor, clients sometimes move too quickly to put the debtor into an involuntary bankruptcy, especially when fraudulent transfers and other creditor avoidance attempts become apparent. But...more

EEOC Files Religious Discrimination Lawsuit Against J.C. Witherspoon, Jr., Inc.

Company Fired Hebrew Pentecostal Truck Driver Because of His Sabbath Requirement, Federal Agency Charges - CHARLESTON, S.C. - J.C. Witherspoon, Jr. Inc., a South Carolina corporation headquartered in Alcolu, violated...more

Fifth Circuit Denies Punitive and Compensatory Damages for ADEA Retaliation Claims, Creates Circuit Split

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which covers Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi, recently found that punitive and compensatory damages are not available for retaliation claims brought under the federal Age...more

Punitive Damages and an Essential Jury Instruction

by Cozen O'Connor on

In one of our recent posts we touched on punitive damages in the context of one of the Pinnacle Hip bellwether trials. In this post, we address another interesting aspect of punitive damages: whether they can be used to...more

Compensation: Is it Becoming Employers’ Greatest Vulnerability?

A few weeks ago, a jury in New Jersey federal court found that Lockheed Martin discriminated against a former employee. The employee claimed that Lockheed violated federal and state laws by discriminating against him on the...more

Puerto Rico Issues Comprehensive Labor Law Reform

by FordHarrison on

On January 26, 2017, Puerto Rico’s Governor, Ricardo Roselló, signed into law the Labor Transformation and Flexibility Act (the “Act”). The Act represents the first significant and comprehensive labor law reform to occur in...more

Fifth Circuit Allows Award of Compensatory Damages for FLSA Overtime Violation

In its December Vaughn decision, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that plaintiffs in age discrimination cases may not collect compensatory or punitive damages. The court based its decision on its interpretation of...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Rules No Punitive Damages Under the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act

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The Connecticut Supreme Court recently set aside an award of statutory punitive damages in a disability discrimination case brought pursuant to Connecticut’s human rights law, the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act...more

EEOC Sues Marquez Brothers For Hispanic-Preference Hiring

Non-Hispanic Applicants Turned Away From Entry-Level Positions, Federal Agency Charges - FRESNO, Calif. - Marquez Brothers International, Inc. and its affiliates violated federal law when they failed to hire non-Hispanic...more

Fifth Circuit Rejects EEOC's Position on Punitive Damages for Age Discrimination

Last month, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals confirmed its earlier position that compensatory and punitive damages are not available to plaintiffs who allege violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)....more

Kansas City Gives St. Louis A Run For The Money–Literally

St. Louis and Kansas City have long been cross-state baseball rivals. Who can forget the 1985 I-70 World Series? So it is hardly surprising that on the eve of St. Louis being named by the American Tort Reform Association...more

Capital Restaurant Concepts, Ltd., d/b/a Paolo’s GT-LLC Sued By EEOC For Sex Discrimination

Agency Alleges That Teenage Employee Was Harassed Because Of His Sexual Orientation - Washington- Capital Restaurant Concepts, Ltd., d/b/a Paolo's GT-LLC, a District of Columbia corporation, violated federal law by...more

Kentucky Court Of Appeals Slashes Punitive Award Against Grant Thornton

A couple of months ago, the Kentucky Court of Appeals in Grant Thornton LLP v. Yung cut a trial court’s award of punitive damages from $80 million to $20 million—reducing the punitive/compensatory ratio to 1:1....more

How Concerned Should Insurers be About Punitive Damages in California?

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The California Court of Appeal recently published another opinion about the Nickerson v. Stonebridge Life Insurance case. The court held to its maximum 10:1 punitive-to-compensatory-damages ratio and analyzed whether this...more

Missouri Supreme Court resets the rules for collecting leaking underground storage tank cleanup costs in litigation

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

An impactful decision from the Missouri Supreme Court will likely affect how leaking underground storage tank (“UST”) owners collect cleanup costs from the Petroleum Storage Tank Insurance Fund (“Fund”) in the future....more

EEOC Sues Spec Formliners for Pay Discrimination

Concrete Liner Company Failed to Pay Female and Male Sales Representatives Equally, Federal Agency Charges - LOS ANGELES - Spec Formliners, Inc., a Santa Ana, Calif.-based concrete liner company, violated federal law...more

Appeals Court Explains Punitive Damages Awards For Extreme Reprehensibility Or Unusually Small, Hard-To-Detect Or Hard-To-Measure...

In Nickerson v. Stonebridge Life Ins. Co. (No. B234271A, filed 11/3/16), (“Nickerson II”) a California appeals court outlined the requirements for complying with the single-digit multiplier annunciated as a Constitutional...more

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