Kentucky Supreme Court Vacates $2.5 Million Punitive Award As “Flagrantly Against the Evidence”

The Kentucky Supreme Court vacated a $2.5 million punitive damages award made to a crash victim who claimed that Nissan Motor Company designed its seatbelt load limiter to achieve a five-star crash test rating, but neglected the safety of occupants, such as the plaintiff, weighing more than the 171-pound range of the test dummy.  The court held that “Nissan's conduct was neither reckless nor demonstrated a failure to exercise slight care” and that “the jury verdict awarding punitive damages was palpable and flagrantly against the evidence.” [9/28/15]