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Colorado Supreme Court holds that damages awarded were within permissible range

May 23, 2011

U.S. Chamber files amicus brief

April 26, 2010

NCLC urged the Colorado Supreme Court to reject an excessive punitive damages award against Qwest Corporation. A Colorado appeals court awarded the plaintiff in this case $21.5 million in compensatory damages and $18 million in punitive damages after the plaintiff fell while working on a utility pole. In its brief, NCLC argued that the punitive award is far too high as Qwest does not have a history of noncompliance with utility pole safety regulations. NCLC warned that excessive awards discourage participation in certain economic activities.

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