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Pritchett v. State

This appeal concerned the standards to be applied by a trial court when reviewing a jury award of punitive damages against a public-sector defendant. Plaintiff worked for one of New Jersey's juvenile correctional facilities when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Her second request for unpaid leave was denied, and…

Pritchett v. State
New Jersey Supreme Court

This appeal concerned the standards to be applied by a trial court when reviewing a jury award of punitive damages against a public-sector defendant. Plaintiff worked for one of New Jersey’s juvenile correctional facilities when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Her second request for unpaid leave was denied, and her supervisor refused to explain… Continue reading Pritchett v. State

Bert Co. v. Turk
Pennsylvania Superior Court

In Bert Co. v. Turk, the Pennsylvania Superior Court confronted a question of first impression in Pennsylvania: How should courts calculate the ratio(s) of damages when multiple defendants claim the punitive damages against them are unconstitutionally excessive? The issue arose because an employee of an insurance brokerage conspired with a competitor to destroy his current… Continue reading Bert Co. v. Turk

Cabot Oil and Gas Corp. and Gassearch Drilling Serv. v. Speer
Pennsylvania Superior Court

In Cabot Oil and Gas Corp. and Gassearch Drilling Serv., an interlocutory appeal from a discovery dispute, the PA Superior Court held that an appeal from a collateral order under Pa.R.A.P. 313 is timely when it is taken more than 30 days from entry of the order so long as the appeal is perfected when… Continue reading Cabot Oil and Gas Corp. and Gassearch Drilling Serv. v. Speer