Ex-Teva Exec's $5M In Punitive Damages Is Chopped By Cap

Law360 (February 5, 2019, 6:28 PM EST) -- A former Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. executive's $5 million in punitive damages in an employment discrimination suit was slashed to $300,000 Monday by a Pennsylvania federal judge who cited Congress’ cap on damages for a retaliatory hostile work environment.

U.S. District Court Judge Mark A. Kearney denied Teva’s motions to overturn the trial results, ruling the jury had sufficient evidence to back its findings and that the court had not committed any errors of law. But he cut the jury’s punitive damages award for ex-Teva employee Stephen Middlebrooks to the $300,000 maximum allowed under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

The move reduced Middlebrooks'...

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