August 2, 2009

Griffin Dewatering v. Northern Ins.: $10 Million Punitive Damages Award Reversed

The California Court of Appeal (Fourth District, Division Three) issued a published opinion on Friday, reversing an $11.1 million judgment, including $10 million in punitive damages.

The court didn't reach any punitive damages because it reversed the liability finding and directed entry of judgment for the defendant on all issues. I mention it here only because it was one of the largest punitive damages verdicts in California in 2005. (And because my firm represented the defendant).