June 27, 2008

Honda Canada v. Keays: Supreme Court of Canada Vacates $500,000 Punitive Damages Award

The Supreme Court of Canada issued an opinion today striking down a $500,000 punitive damages award in a wrongful-dismissal lawsuit. By a vote of 7-2, the court said Honda's conduct "was not sufficiently egregious or outrageous to warrant an award of punitive damages."

As we noted in an earlier post about this case, the punitive damages award was considered large by Canadian standards, and was the largest punitive damages award ever in a Canadian employment-law case.