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.
Jarecki v. Zitter
Trial court grants post-trial relief in nuisance and trespass case, slashing damages by more than 70 percentRead More
Curry v. Academy Pointe, Inc.
California Court of Appeal reduces $4.5 million punitive damages award to $750,000 in reasonable accommodation case against apartment owner and managerRead More
Victaulic v. American Home Assurance Company
Court of Appeal reverses $52 million Brandt fee and punitive damages award in insurance bad faith case.Read More
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.Read More
Saller v. Crown Cork & Seal
California Court of Appeal reverses $3.6 million in punitive damages in products liability case.Read More
Park v. Mobil Oil Guam, Inc.
Supreme Court of Guam affirmed reduction of punitive damages award against Mobil OilRead More
Cohen v. Sterling
Court of Appeal upholds order granting new trial following $17 million verdict arising out of apartment building fire.Read More
Mobasser v. Yermian
California Court of Appeal vacates jury’s award of emotional distress damages and punitive damages in family business dispute.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Holdgrafer v. Unocal Corp.
California Court of Appeal reverses $5 million punitive damages award against Unocal in soil contamination case.Read More
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.Read More
T.B. v. O.B.
California Supreme Court amicus brief arguing that appellate courts should take the "clear and convincing evidence" standard into account when deciding whether sufficient evidence supports a finding governed by that standard.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More