May 22, 2018

Oregon jury awards $20 million in punitive damages against California landlord

Oregon Live reports that a jury in Portland has awarded $295,000 in compensatory damages and $20 million in punitive damages against a California landlord for failing to maintain an apartment complex in Portland.  The plaintiff is a man who claimed he fell through a rotting second-story walkway at the complex.

Under Oregon's split-recovery statute, 70 percent of the punitive damages award will go to the state if the award is upheld.  With a punitive-to-compensatory ratio of 68-to-1, the award will almost certainly be reduced.