February 14, 2008

A $500,000 Punitive Damage Award in Canada is Considered to Be Extremely High and Newsworthy

The Supreme Court of Canada is about to hear argument in an appeal from the lower appellate court's reversal of a $500,000 punitive damage award in a wrongful termination case. That $500,000 award is apparently the highest punitive damage award ever awarded in an employment case in Canada. Perhaps we could learn something from our neighbor to the north.

UPDATE (by Curt Cutting on 2/14/08 at 9:50 pm): A few years ago, that award would have amounted to less than $350,000 in U.S. dollars, but today the exchange rate is roughly even. God help us if the exchange rate ever gets bad enough to bring this award into the realm of the mega awards we see in California.