June 8, 2011

Ex-associate loses appeal on punitive damages claim against Orrick

Reuters reports that a former Orrick, Herrington & Sutfliffe associate who sued the firm has lost an appeal seeking to reinstate his punitive damages claim against the firm. The associate claimed that Orrick failed to make him a partner despite assurances that his promotion would be guaranteed if he stayed at the firm.  As we reported in an earlier post, the trial court tossed his claim for punitive damages on the ground that he failed to allege that Orrick's conduct was egregious enough to warrant punitives.  Not surprisingly, the court of appeal affirmed.

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