Texas Court Affirms $50M Punitive Award In Fatal Crash Suit

Law360 (December 9, 2020, 7:59 PM EST) -- A Texas appellate court on Wednesday affirmed a $59.8 million jury verdict, including $50 million in punitive damages, in a suit over a fatal collision caused by an intoxicated motorist, rejecting the driver's challenges to the sufficiency of the evidence and the constitutionality of the large award.

Nydia Peña had argued to the Fourth Court of Appeals in San Antonio that the award in favor of Armando Guerrero III was unconstitutionally excessive and cannot stand. The panel explained that to determine if the punitive damages award here is reasonable, it must assess the "degree of reprehensibility" of Peña's conduct via five factors....

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