January 4, 2018

$150 million punitive damages award against AbbVie vacated

The National Law Journal reports that an Illinois trial court has vacated a $150 million punitive damages award rendered against drug maker Abbvie last summer.  The court ruled that the jury's award findings were "logically incompatible" because the jury found AbbVie liable for fraudulent misrepresentation--a claim that includes damages as an element--and yet the jury awarded $0 in compensatory damages.  The court ordered a new trial.