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Nickerson v. Stonebridge Life Insurance Company, B234271

In an action challenging defendant-insurer's partial denial of plaintiff' claim for hospitalization benefits, the trial court's remittitur of the punitive damages award from $19 million to $350,000 based on a ratio of punitive to compensatory damages of 10:1 is affirmed, where the trial court’s remittitur falls within the maximum permitted by due process.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 08/29/2013
  • Published 08/29/2013




  • California Court of Appeal