Damages Slashed In Whistleblower Suit

Law360, New York (January 3, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- A California judge has reduced the punitive damages awarded to two whistleblowers in their suit against tobacco distributor Universal Corp., dropping the amount from $25 million to $1.25 million.

Rosemary Valladares and Ramon Delgadillo, two workers for Madera Quality Nut, a subsidiary of Universal, were originally awarded $200,000 in compensatory damages and $25 million in punitive damages by the Superior Court for the State of California.

The award, of which $15 million was to be given to Valladares and $10 million to Delgadillo, was touted as...
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