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Punitive Damages

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.

Representative Wins

Representative Briefs

  • Maddox v. Nissan Motor Company, Ltd. et al. (2014)

    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.

  • Bixby v. KBR, Inc. (2013)

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

  • Simon v. San Paolo U.S. Holding Co., Inc. (2005)

    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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