December 10, 2013

"Punitive Damages Based on Gross Negligence: Massachusetts Bucks the Trend"

The December 2013 edition of Wilson Elser's Product Liability Newsletter discusses the Massachusetts Supreme Court's decision in Aleo v. SLB Toys, which affirmed an $18 million punitive damages award.  The newsletter notes that Massachusetts is one of only eight states that permit punitive damages based on gross negligence, and is the only one of those eight that has not restricted, by statute or judicial decision, the circumstances in which gross negligence can support punitive damages. 

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Massachusetts Supreme Court upholds $18 million punitive damages award (Aleo v. Toys R Us)