A jury in Oregon came back with nearly $18 million in punitive damages to a $72 million verdict it awarded on June 9 to 17 named plaintiffs in a class action over wildfires in 2020.
June 14, 2023 at 06:13 PM
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What You Need to Know
- The same jury awarded $72 million in compensatory damages on June 9 to 17 named plaintiffs in the class action against PacifiCorp.
- The jury also added a 0.25 ratio in punitive damages to potential compensatory damages for the class, which PacifiCorp attorney Douglas Dixon has estimated could be $22.5 billion.
- PacifiCorp, which operates Pacific Power and is part of Berkshire Hathaway, said it would pursue appeals of the jury’s decisions.
An Oregon jury slammed PacifiCorp with nearly $18 million in punitive damages, then calculated a ratio that could end up awarding potentially $28.1 billion for a class of thousands in a rare trial over wildfires that damaged private properties during Labor Day weekend 2020.
Wednesday’s verdict added punitive damages to the $72 million in compensatory damages that the same jury awarded to 17 plaintiffs on June 9.
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