February 7, 2008

New Mexico Jury Awards $33 Million in Punitive Damages

The Albuquerque Journal reports that a jury has awarded $33 million in punitive damages in an abuse-of-process lawsuit by one attorney against another. The jury awarded $165,000 in compensatory damages, which makes for a ratio of exactly 200 to 1. The losing party says he plans to appeal. I hope the winner isn't making plans to spend the $33 million quite yet.

Hat tip to Howard Bashman.

UPDATE (By Jeremy Rosen on 2/7/08 at 3:45 pm): On the other hand, the plaintiff may take comfort in the fact that the New Mexico appellate courts have been named as "dishonorable mention judicial hellholes" by ATRA.