December 27, 2009

Goldstein v. Beck: Unpublished Opinion Affirms $4 Million in Punitive Damages

The California Court of Appeal (Second Appellate District, Division Seven) issued this unpublished opinion last week, affirming a $2 million compensatory damages award and a $4 million punitive damages award. The court rejected the appellant's argument that the record contained no substantial evidence of malice, oppression, or fraud. I won't comment further about this one, since my firm represents the appellant and the litigation is ongoing.


  1. For the backstory, the best part , refer to Superior Court of Los Angeles County (LASC) case number LC 089216.

    Vigorously disputed contracts that are the subject of this action were in place before losses were alleged to have occurred. These parties had the foresight to expect the outcome. Nothing tells you more about your legal system than this case.

  2. Decent people, even Jews, such as myself, might be concerned about the bad appearance of such a punitive and legally reaching decisiĆ³n by a Rabbi´s wife to benefit such parties on Christmas Eve.