- Associated Press - Saturday, October 1, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona court ruling erases a jury’s award of $1 million of punitive damages to a motorcyclist who claimed that his insurer denied his claim in an accident case because the company short-changed policyholders to boost its profits.

The state Court of Appeals ruled that the motorcyclist wasn’t entitled to punitive damages because trial evidence didn’t show that American Standard Insurance Co. of Wisconsin reduced claims payouts to enhance its bottom line.

However, the three-judge panel’s ruling Thursday let stand a Maricopa County Superior Court jury’s $500,000 award of compensatory damages to Scot Sobieski.

The ruling said American Standard treated Sobieski unfairly because it didn’t consider evidence that would have contradicted a claims adjuster’s finding that Sobieski was totally to blame for a collision that severely injured his leg.



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