Case Detail

City of Hope National Medical Center v. Genentech Inc.
On January 27, 2006, WLF filed a brief with the California Supreme Court urging it to reverse a court of appeal ruling that upheld a compensatory damages award of $300 million along with an unprecedented $200 million punitive damages award against Genentech regarding a contract dispute over certain royalties. WLF decried the pernicious practice of "tortification" of contract law which would leave companies subject to astronomical punitive damages in contract cases. WLF argued that no punitive damages should be assessed because there was no breach of contract or fiduciary duty; but that if punitive damages are warranted, they should be substantially reduced because such awards punish innocent shareholders and employees.
Case Status:
Oral argument held February 5, 2008. Awaiting decision.
More Information and Downloads:
1/26/2006: Download the Brief
1/5/2005: Download the Brief
1/6/2004: Download the Brief

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