April 17, 2013

Canadian judge awards a record $4.5 million in punitive damages

OHS News reports that a judge in Saskatchewan has awarded punitive damages totaling $4.5 million against two insurers (Zurich Life Insurance and AIG) for wrongfully withholding workers' compensation benefits.  According to OHS News, the award in this case represents "the largest ever punitive damages penalty in Canada."  In California, an award like that would not have made the top 10 list last year (though it would have come in at #10 in 2011).