Whirlpool Dodges Damages In Fastener Contract Spat

Law360, New York (October 15, 2009, 5:54 PM EDT) -- A federal judge has ruled that Whitesell Corp. is not entitled to punitive damages for its breach of contract claims in a multimillion-dollar dispute with Whirlpool Corp. over the washing machine maker's contract to buy Whitesell's screws, nails, nuts and bolts.

Judge Robert Bell of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan issued the ruling Tuesday, saying Michigan law prohibits punitive damages in breach of commercial contract cases. He noted that all Whitesell's fraud claims, which could have yielded punitive damages, had already...
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