Calif. Panel Says Worker's $500K Verdict Survives Her Death

By Vin Gurrieri (April 15, 2021, 8:24 PM EDT) -- A California state appellate court on Thursday upheld a $500,000 punitive damages award for a one-time sales worker who died during a trial in which she accused an auto parts manufacturer of illegally firing her because she had cancer, saying the hefty sum makes sense given the case's unique circumstances.

A three-judge panel for the Second Appellate District let stand the punitive damages plus $15,000 in economic damages that were awarded to Maria Teresa Lopez by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge following a bench trial over claims that she was wrongly terminated by her former employer CIA Wheel Group in...

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