Friday, November 14, 2008
Missouri court approves punitives 75 times the amount of compensatory damages
A Missouri Court of Appeals approved a $3.75 million punitive damage award — 75 times the amount of the compensatory damages — in a sexual harassment case filed by a female worker at a Kansas City, Mo., auto parts warehouse. Although the jury initially imposed a $6.75 million punitive damage award, the trial court cut the amount to $450,000, nine times the $50,000 punitive damage award. The intermediate state court of appeal found that too small, but the original award too large, and offered its own punitives award of $3.75 million for what it called "boorish" behavior by a supervisor that was ignored by a company with 100,000 employees in the United States. for the full story go here.