Cal Supreme Court denies review of huge punitive damages award

March 14, 2014 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

Yesterday the California Supreme Court denied review in Asahi Pharma Corp. v. Actelion.  Pacific Legal Foundation had submitted a brief urging the Court to review and overturn the Court of Appeal’s decision—which resulted in one of the biggest punitive damages awards in California history. … ...


What does suing schools have to do with supporting our troops?

December 03, 2012 | By RALPH KASARDA

Hans Bader, of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, wonders too.  In his latest article, he writes about a peculiar attempt by Congress to overrule the Supreme Court with respect to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972.  The changes would allow agencies to be subject to disparate impact … ...


Punitive damages for wrongful termination?

April 20, 2012 | By DEBORAH LA FETRA

Texas-based commercial trucker Louis Martinez was fired when he refused to commit an illegal act by transporting an unsafe load. Although Texas is an “at-will employment” state—meaning that employers can typically fire employees for any reason or for no reason—the Texas Supreme Court recently established a narrow exception to that r ...


The due process fence around punitive damages


Author: Deborah J. La Fetra The Texas Supreme Court today issued a favorable ruling in Bennett v. Reynolds. As the court phrased it, “This case involves an extended drought, missing cattle, and feuding neighbors.” Thirteen head of Randy Reynolds’ cattle wandered up the dry Colorado River bed onto Tom Bennett’s land. Due to a ...