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Bains LLC v. Arco Products Co.

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
405 F.3d 764 (2005)


Facts

The three Bains brothers were India-born American citizens who bought a gas station in Washington. The brothers incorporated as Bains LLC (plaintiff) and did business as Flying B, eventually owning five gas stations and a tanker. When an oil pipeline rupture disrupted fuel transport in Washington for two years, Bains bought three more tankers, hired more drivers, and hauled fuel for Arco Products Company (defendant). Arco employee Bill Davis subjected Flying B drivers to racial epithets, delayed signing delivery receipts, accused them of safety violations, and made them clean up other drivers’ spills. When the brothers reported the abuse to Davis’s superior, Arco terminated their contract. Flying B sued for racial discrimination under 42 U.S.C. § 1981 and contract breach. The jury found that Arco breached Flying B’s contract and awarded $50,000 in compensatory damages. It also found that Arco racially discriminated against Flying B, awarding only $1 in nominal damages, plus $5 million in punitive damages. Arco appealed, arguing that (1) the nominal compensatory award established that the discrimination caused no economic harm; (2) harm to a corporation requires economic loss; and (3) the $5 million in punitive damages was excessive.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Kleinfeld, J.)

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