Turley v. ISG Lackawanna, Inc. (Second Circuit)
The plaintiff in this case alleged that his employer failed adequately to respond to acts of racial harassment perpetrated by co-workers. The jury held the employer and its parent company liable for $1.25 million in compensatory damages and $24 million in punitive damages. We were retained by the defendants to assist with post-trial motions and the expected appeal. The district court ordered a new trial on punitive damages unless plaintiff agreed to a remittitur of the punitive damages on the statutory claims to $5 million. The plaintiff agreed to the remittitur. We then appealed to the Second Circuit, which held that the punitive damages remained excessive and that no more than a 2:1 multiple of the compensatory damages—i.e, $2.5 million—is permissible.