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|Walter J. Lack (SBN 57550)
Daniel G. Whalen (SBN 126487)
Engstrom, Lipscomb & Lack
10100 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90067-4107
Donald W. Ricketts (SBN 39825)
Attorneys for Plaintiff and Plaintiff in Pro Per
Superior Court of the State of California
Donald W. Ricketts, etc., Plantiff
Case No. BC 165961
The motions of Farmers Insurance Exchange and Early, Maslach &
Price for a new trial on the issue of damages and to vacate the judgment entered by
the court came on for hearing on April 13, 2000. Having considered the moving and opposing
papers, and the argument of counsel, the motions and DENIED.
AMENDMENT TO STATEMENT OF DECISION
Following the filing of the Court's Statement of Decision herein, and entry of
judgment, defendants filed motions for a new trial as to the issue of damages and
to vacate the judgment and substitute a judgment in favor of defendants. Central to the
motions was the contention that the court's award of punitive damages was grossly
excessive and in violation of the Due Process Clause of the California and United States
Constitutions based upon principles enunciated by the United States Supreme Court in Pacific
Mutual Life Insurance Co. v. Haslip (1991) 499 U.S. 1, TXO Productions Corp. v, Alliance
Resources (1993) 509 U.S. 433., and BMW North America, Inc. v. Gore (1996) 517 U.S. 559.
The court has carefully considered these opinions and the arguments of the parties
regarding the application of the principles enunciated therein, and has denied the
Soussan G. Bruguera
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