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Roby v. McKesson Corp. , No. S149752

By FindLaw Staff on December 01, 2009 11:50 AM

In plaintiff's wrongful discharge, harassment and discrimination suit against her former employer and supervisor, court of appeal's judgment is reversed where: 1) the Court of Appeal erred in allocating the evidence between the harassment claim and the discrimination claim, and as such, basing on that allocation, it erred in finding insufficient evidence to support the harassment verdict; and 2) although the court of appeal was correct in holding that the $15 million punitive damages award exceeds the federal constitutional limit, it erred in concluding that in this case the appropriate limit is $2 million as, under the test set forth in State Farm, a one-to-one ratio between compensatory and punitive damages is the federal constitutional limit in this case.   

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Appellate Information
Appeal from Yolo County Super. Ct. No. CV01573

Filed November 30, 2009

Before:  George, C. J., Baxter, J., Werdegar, J., Chin, J., Moreno, J., and Kennard, J., Corrigan, J.

Opinion by George, C.J.

For Appellant:  Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin, Jerome B. Falk, Jr., Linda Q. Foy, Dipanwita Deb Amar, Jason M. Habermeyer; Fitzgerald, Abbott & Beardsley and Sara E. Robertson

For Appellee:  Christopher H. Whelan; The deRubertis Law Firm, David M. deRubertis, David A. Lesser; Pine & Pine, Norman Pine; Riegels Campos & Kenyon and Charity Kenyon

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