November 30, 2009

Roby v. McKesson: Cal. Supreme Court Reduces Punitive Damages to 1-to-1 Ratio

The California Supreme Court has issued its opinion in Roby v. McKesson. I haven't had a chance to read it in detail yet, but from a quick skim I see that the Supreme Court agreed with the Court of Appeal that the jury's $15 million punitive damages award was constitutionally excessive, and further held that any amount of punitive damages in excess of the amount of compensatory damages ($1.9 million) would violate due process. I'll post more on this later.