April 19, 2016

Punitive damages against yoga guru reduced from $6.47 million to $4.6 million

In January we reported on a large punitive damages award against Bikram Choudhury, founder of Bikram Yoga.  My News LA reports that the trial judge (Judge Mark Mooney of the Los Angeles Superior Court) has ordered the plaintiff to accept a reduction of the punitive damages from $6.47 to $4.6 million or face a new trial.  The reduced amount is five times the amount of compensatory damages (the jury awarded seven times the compensatories).