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Three Stripes and You're Out: Coach Pitino's Outrage Against Adidas

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The FBI recently charged 10 people, including four college basketball assistant coaches at prominent Division I universities and a head executive at Adidas inter alios, with corruption and bribery crimes for...more

It’s time to think about arbitration agreements again following recent $15 million+ employee verdicts

Jury panels in the Los Angeles Superior Court (which is often referred to as “The Bank” by the plaintiffs’ bar) have recently delivered multimillion-dollar verdicts to former-employee plaintiffs. Many employers doing business...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

Ninth Circuit Substantially Reduces Punitive Award Against Walgreen

Things have been quiet in the world of punitive damages for the last few months, but two recent decisions substantially reducing punitive awards under the BMW/State Farm factors warrant mention. My colleague Miriam Nemetz...more

Greektown Casino Sued By EEOC For Disability Discrimination

Employer Failed to Grant Leave Extension for Employee With Stress-Anxiety Disorder And Fired Him Instead, Federal Agency Charges - DETROIT - A Detroit casino operator violated federal law by denying a reasonable...more

MA Supreme Court Reinforces Employer Obligations on Sexual Harassment

by Morgan Lewis on

The court’s decision to restore a $500,000 punitive damages award for failure to adequately address a sexual harassment complaint highlights employers’ duty to investigate every allegation and take appropriate remedial...more

Employment Law Letter - Summer 2016

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Last year the General Assembly enacted legislation prohibiting all public and private sector employers from disciplining an employee for “discussing the amount of his or her wages [or] inquiring about the wages of another...more

Brandt Fees Increase Allowable Punitive Damages Whether Fees are Awarded by Judge or Jury

In Nickerson v. Stonebridge Life Ins. Co. (No. S213873, filed 6/9/16), the California Supreme Court ruled that in an insurance bad faith case an award of attorney’s fees under Brandt v. Superior Court (1985) 37 Cal.3d 813,...more

Bad Faith Attorneys’ Fees Are Compensatory Damages in Determining Cap On Punitive Damages

by Cozen O'Connor on

On June 9, 2016, the California Supreme Court ruled in Nickerson v. Stonebridge Life Ins. Co., __ Cal.4th ___ (2016) that the attorneys’ fees awarded to a veteran who sued for benefits under a “hospital stay” policy should be...more

Montana Supreme Court Upholds $5 Million Punitive Award That Is Five Times The Compensatory Damages

Montana is known fondly to many as Big Sky Country, but it also is quickly gaining a reputation for big punitive damages awards. Not only are juries imposing breathtaking amounts of punitive damages with increasing...more

The Point Of An Unenforceable Noncompete May Be Very Sharp Indeed

by Allen Matkins on

Writing for Mother Jones, Kevin Drum recently asked “What’s the point of an unenforceable noncompete agreement?” He posits two possible answers: First, it’s just boilerplate language they don’t really care about but...more

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