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Horvitz & Levy is a solutions-based firm focused on appellate success. We are distinguished by our commitment to responsive service and on-going innovation in the areas of civil appellate litigation, amicus curiae support, and trial strategy consultation.

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No firm in California can match our experience handling appeals involving large punitive damages awards. We regularly succeed in vacating or sharply reducing punitive damages awards on appeal—in the last twenty years, we have won reversal of 95 cents of every dollar of punitive damages assessed against our clients.

Our successes in this area include some of the largest and most highly publicized punitive damages awards in California history. (E.g., Lockheed Litigation Cases [$380 million award reversed]; Argo v. General Dynamics [$99.3 million award reversed]; Coppola v. Warner Bros. [$60 million award reversed].)

As part of our punitive damages practice, our attorneys closely monitor the latest developments in this area and provide opinion and commentary through our blog, California Punitive Damages.

Contact Curt Cutting for more information about our Punitive Damages practice.

Victaulic v. American Home Assurance Company

Court of Appeal reverses $52 million Brandt fee and punitive damages award in insurance bad faith case.

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Monje v. Spin Master Inc.

Ninth Circuit affirms trial court’s rulings striking punitive damages and excluding speculative expert toxicological causation opinions in product liability case involving children’s toy.

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Saller v. Crown Cork & Seal

California Court of Appeal reverses $3.6 million in punitive damages in products liability case.

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Park v. Mobil Oil Guam, Inc.

Supreme Court of Guam affirmed reduction of punitive damages award against Mobil Oil

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Cohen v. Sterling

Court of Appeal upholds order granting new trial following $17 million verdict arising out of apartment building fire.

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Mobasser v. Yermian

California Court of Appeal vacates jury’s award of emotional distress damages and punitive damages in family business dispute.

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Heston v. Taser

Ninth Circuit affirms district court’s reduction of damages award and orders further reduction, leaving defendant responsible for only $150,000 of original $7.6 million award.

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Huitt v. Southern California Gas Company

California Court of Appeal reverses $12.6 million judgment, including $10 million in punitive damages, and directs entry of judgment for defendant in failure-to-warn case.

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Griffin Dewatering Corp. v. Northern Ins. Co. of New York

California Court of Appeal reverses an $11 million judgment, including $10 million in punitive damages, and orders entry of judgment for the defendant in insurance bad faith case.

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Holdgrafer v. Unocal Corp.

California Court of Appeal reverses $5 million punitive damages award against Unocal in soil contamination case.

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Walker v. Farmers Ins. Exchange

California Court of Appeal affirms trial court's reduction of punitive damages from $8.3 million to $1.5 million in insurance bad faith case.

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Maddox v. Nissan Motor Company, Ltd. et al.

Kentucky Supreme Court brief arguing that punitive damages should not be permitted, as a general rule, against product manufacturers who comply with all applicable government safety requirements.

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Bixby v. KBR, Inc.

Ninth Circuit amicus brief arguing that punitive damages cannot be imposed under state law to regulate conduct in a foreign nation.

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Simon v. San Paolo U.S. Holding Co., Inc.

California Supreme Court amicus brief on behalf of the California Chamber of Commerce and others, arguing that an appellate court cannot affirm a punitive damages award based on an alleged "loss" that the Legislature has determined to be noncompensable.

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Romo v. Ford Motor Co.

United States Supreme Court amicus brief on behalf of twenty leading manufacturers in support of a petition for certiorari, arguing that punitive damages should not be awarded against a manufacturer for conduct that complies with regulatory standards and industry custom.

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State Farm v. Campbell Mut. Auto Ins. Co. v. Campbell

United States Supreme Court amicus brief on behalf of a group of insurers, arguing that an insurer's gross assets or policyholders' surplus should not be a basis for affirming a punitive damages award.

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