June 25, 2009

Asfour v. Nix: Yet Another Reversal For Lack of Financial Condition Evidence

We are a bit behind on the blog this week as our main blogger, Curt Cutting, is on a well deserved vacation. I just posted a few minutes ago about a decision last week reversing a punitive damage award for lack of financial condition evidence. In going through the stack of punitive damage cases, I just came across this one which is yet another reversal for the same defect in plaintiff's case. Here, the California Court of Appeal (Second District, Division One) issued an unpublished opinion reversing a $500,000 punitive damage award because "at trial, [plaintiff] presented no meaningful evidence of [defendant's] financial condition." It seems like a reversal on these ground happens at least once a month.