Posts Categorized: Punitive Damages

Posted: September 6, 2015

No Punitive Damages Without Fraudulent or Evil Motive and Outrage Associated with Crime

On August 28, 2015, Justice Kornreich of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Emmet & Co., Inc. v. Catholic Health East, 2015 NY Slip Op. 25293, dismissing a claim for punitive damages, explaining: Punitive damages are only permitted in cases where the wrong complained of is morally culpable, or is actuated... Read more »

Posted: October 30, 2013

Punitive Damages Award In Big Pharma Case Reduced From $10 Million To $900,000

In Davids v. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp., 06 CV 431 (E.D.N.Y. Oct. 9, 2013), Judge Spatt resolved post-trial motions  in a case involving the defendant’s alleged failure to warn plaintiff of potential dangers posed by an anti-cancer drug called Zometa.  A jury awarded plaintiff $450,000 in compensatory damages and $10,000,000 in punitive damages because the drug... Read more »