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VanDevender v. Blue Ridge of Raleigh, LLC, 17-1900

Held that plaintiffs bringing three wrongful death nursing home malpractice claims were entitled to punitive damages. The nursing homes argued that they were not liable for punitive damages because there was no aggravating factor justifying such an award, and the trial court granted their JMOL motion. Reversing, the Fourth Circuit held that the plaintiffs had presented evidence sufficient for a reasonable jury to award punitive damages under North Carolina law.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2018/08/27


  • Gergel


  • United States Fourth Circuit


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