Oregon Punitive Cases Worth Settling
Oregon peeps (or those with mighty good Oregon cases), a new opinion makes it well worth settling if you have a huge punitive award coming up:
Courthouse News Service: "Subscribers HOME PAGE ABOUT US BACK ISSUES COLUMNS DARKROOM ALMANAC ENTERTAINMENT LAW REPORTS APPELLATE OPINIONS MASTHEAD Monday, December 27, 2010Last Update: 3:29 PM PT No Cut for the State After Court Waives $1M Verdict
ShareThis (CN) - Oregon cannot stake a claim to a settlement between Target and a former employee though the state stood to rake in $540,000 if judgment had been entered on a federal jury verdict for nearly $1 million in damages, the 9th Circuit ruled Monday. James Patton sued the retailer for wrongful termination after he was demoted and eventually fired allegedly over his service in the National Guard. A jury awarded Patton $17,950 in economic damages, $67,000 in noneconomic damages and $900,000 in punitive damages. Under the state's split-recovery statute, Oregon is entitled to 60 percent of any punitive damages awarded under its laws. Before judgment was entered on the verdict, Patton and Target settled without notifying or getting approval fr"