In certain cases, a plaintiff may be entitled to punitive damages against a company. In these instances courts must make an assessment of a company's financial health in order to determine how great the damages will be. Accordingly, the NFIB Legal Center was concerned with this decision out of the California Court of Appeal, which held that plaintiff attorneys may offer evidence of a company's assets, without corresponding evidence of liabilities. We filed an amicus brief in the California Supreme Court because we believed the case raises an important issue for small business owners in the Golden State. Unfortunately the Supreme Court decided not to review the lower court's decision.
Status: Decided - California Supreme Court.