Court Holds Punitive Damages Are Available in Trafficking Victim Protection Act Class Actions

Court Holds Punitive Damages Are Available in Trafficking Victim Protection Act Class Actions

In a recent ruling in David v. Signal Int’l, LLC, No. 2:08-CV-01220 (E.D. La. Jan. 28, 2015), Judge Susie Morgan of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana held that punitive damages could be awarded in actions brought under the Trafficking Victim Protection Act (“TVPA”) even though the TVPA does not explicitly provide for such damages.

Ding-Dong, Yard-Man is Dead! Supreme Court Decision in Tackett a Huge Win for Employers in the Retiree Healthcare Arena

Ding-Dong, Yard-Man is Dead!  Supreme Court Decision in Tackett a Huge Win for Employers in the Retiree Healthcare Arena

On Monday, a unanimous United States Supreme Court issued its decision in M & G Polymers USA, LLC v. Tackett, Supreme Court Case No. 13-101, vacating and remanding the Sixth Circuit’s holding that a group of retirees was entitled to lifetime healthcare benefits per the terms of various collective bargaining agreements.