June 8, 2016

Nickerson opinion coming tomorrow

For all you insurance bad faith mavens, the California Supreme Court has announced that it will issue its opinion in Nickerson v. Stonebridge tomorrow at 10 a.m.   The opinion will be available here.

As a reminder, the opinion will decide the following issue:

Is an award of attorney fees under Brandt v. Superior Court (1985) 37 Cal.3d 813 properly included as compensatory damages for purposes of calculating the ratio between punitive and compensatory damages where the fees are awarded by the jury, but excluded from compensatory damages when they are awarded by the trial court after the jury has rendered its verdict?
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Court of Appeal orders reduction of $19M punitive damages award to $350,000 (Nickerson v. Stonebridge) - PART II

Court of Appeal orders reduction of $19M punitive damages award to $350,000 (Nickerson v. Stonebridge) - PART I

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