NJ High Court Sets High Bar For Damages In Retaliation Suit

Law360, New York (July 24, 2013, 1:56 PM EDT) -- The New Jersey Supreme Court unanimously ruled Wednesday that jurors weighing whistleblower cases must consider whether upper managers were complicit in egregious wrongful conduct in order to award punitive damages, clarifying what remains a high bar for slapping employers with such damages.

The state's high court reversed a split decision by the New Jersey Superior Court's Appellate Division upholding a jury verdict that included $500,000 in punitive damages awarded to plaintiff Doreen Longo in her retaliation suit against her former employer, the adult entertainment products distributor...
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