March 12, 2020

Ninth Circuit affirms $2.5 million punitive damages award in insurance bad faith case (McClure v. Country Life)

The unpublished opinion affirms $2.5 million in punitive damages and $1.29 million in compensatory damages in an insurance bad faith case.  The analysis is sparse, as usual for a memorandum disposition.  The court affirms the punitive damages because the plaintiff presented sufficient evidence that the defendant acted with an "evil mind" under Arizona punitive damages law.  Apparently the defendant did not argue that the punitive damages were excessive.