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Jet Source Charter, Inc. v. Doherty, D044779

Jury verdict for plaintiff finding that defendant aircraft dealers owed plaintiff fiduciary duties and that they breached them is reversed as to an award of punitive damages since, where, as here, substantial compensatory damages have been awarded, and the conduct in question only involves economic damage to a single plaintiff who is not particularly vulnerable, an award which exceeds the compensatory damages awarded is not consistent with due process.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 01/30/2007
  • Published 02/28/2007

Judges

  • BENKE, J.

Court

  • California Court of Appeal

Counsel

  • For Appellant:
  • John P. Mouyos, in pro. per.

  • For Appellees:
  • Niddrie, Fish & Buchanan and David A. Niddrie, San Diego, for Defendant and Appellant Brian J. Doherty., William P. Fennell, San Diego, for Defendant and Appellant Leslie T. Gladstone, Trustee, etc., Rutan & Tucker, Richard K. Howell, Costa Mesa, Paul J. Sievers and Treg A. Julander, Costa Mesa, for Plaintiff and Respondent.