October 24, 2018

Trial judge in Roundup case decides not to follow her tentative opinion, and reduces punitive damages award instead of vacating it

We previously reported that Judge Suzanne Bolanos, who is presiding over the Roundup trial that led to a $250 million punitive damages award, issued a tentative opinion indicating that she intended to vacate that award and order a new trial.  She decided not to vacate the award after all, but instead to reduce it from $250 million to $39.2 million, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The reduced amount is equal to the jury's award of compensatory damages. The plaintiff can either accept that reduction or reject it in favor of a new trial.