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Punitive Damages / Verdicts Finding Fraud, Malice Or Oppression

Punitive damages are considered punishment and are awarded when the defendant’s behavior is found to be especially harmful, intentional, or excessively reckless. Also referred to as “punitive and exemplary” damages because these damages not only punish and deter bad behavior from the defendant, they are also intended to set an example — be “exemplary” — to other individual or companies who may be engaging in the same type of illegal activity.

In legal terms, this means when the defendant is found to have acted with fraud, malice, or oppression. To win punitive damages requires lawyers to meet a higher burden of proof. At Simpson Law Group, we take punitive damages seriously because we see it as our opportunity to police corporate behavior and keep our society as fair, safe and civilized as possible.

If your case involves behavior by another party that may be considered “fraudulent, malicious or oppressive” because it was done intentionally or with careless disregard for your rights or safety, you may be entitled to recover punitive damages. Most law firms do not have a track record for recovering punitive damages, so you should make sure to talk about this in your initial interview. At Simpson Law Group, we know punitive damages!

$10 MILLION *2013 Hoopfer V. Frys Electronics
Battery / Excessive Force /
Punitive Damages Confidential

United States District Court, Eastern District of California Case Number 34-2011-065083-CU-NP-EC / Judge Joel Woelfiel

$7.5 MILLION 2005 Robles V. Autozone Fraud
Fraud / False Promise / Punitive
Damages $7.5 Million

San Diego Superior Court Case Number GIS 6945 / Judge Judith Hayes

$1.6 MILLION 2007 Johnson V. Prudential Insurance
Insurance Bad Faith / Punitive
Damages $14 Million

San Diego Superior Court Case Number GIE 18815 / Judge Eddie Sturgeon

$1.2 MILLION 2003 Meehan. V. Cbiz
Wrongful Termination /
Defamation / Punitive Damages
Confidential

San Diego Superior Court Case Number GIC 814513 / Judge Fred Link

$800,000.00 2014 Bryant v. SDG&E
Fraud / Retaliation / Punitive Damages $1.2 Million

San Diego Superior Court Case Number 37-2011-091876-CU-WT-CLT/ Judge Joan Lewis

$625,000.00 **2010 Cosby v. Autozone
Fraud / Coerced Confession / Punitive Damages $1.8 Million

United States District Court, Eastern District of California / Case Number 08-CV-00505-LKK-DAD / Judge Lawrence Karlton

$368,675.00 **2010 Kell v. AutoZone
Fraud / Malice / Oppression / Punitive Damages $1 Million

Sacramento Superior Court Case Number 07AS04375 / Judge Ronald Candee

$265,000.00 2000 Miller v. Heritage Security Services
Sexual Harassment / Wrongful Termination / Punitive Damages Confidential

San Diego Superior Court / Case Number 727835 / Judge Thomas LaVoy

$77,000.00 2001 Robles v. Jara and AutoZone
False Imprisonment / Punitive Damages Confidential

San Diego Superior Court Case Number GIS 6945 / Judge Luis Vargas

2008 Gomez V. Autozone Confidential
False Promise Fraud

San Diego Superior Court Case Number GIC 874049 / Judge Fred Link

2015 Juarez V. Autozone
Discrimination / Fraud / Coercion

Hon. Judge Gallo

*Indicates case that Simpson Law Group acted as consulting firm for punitive damages portion of case only
** Indicates case tried by Simpson Law Group partner Charles Moore in association with colleague Lawrence Bohm of Sacramento.

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