When we first reported on this $130 million punitive damages award against Tesla, we commented that the award was not likely to survive judicial review. As expected, Judge Orrick in the Northern District of California has reduced the total award from $137 million to $15 million. Reuters has a report here.
Judge Orrick cut the compensatory damages to $1.5 million (from $6.9 million) and cut the punitive damages down to $13.5 million. That’s still a big payday for the plaintiff and his lawyers, and far in excess of the $300,000 damages caps that apply to employment cases brought under Title VII.