Hanna v. WCI Communities, Inc.
United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
348 F. Supp. 2d 1332 (2004)
Robert Hanna (plaintiff) sought, inter alia, in federal district court: (1) punitive damages for his whistleblower claim under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which was Count I of his complaint; (2) punitive damages for his whistleblower claim under the Florida Whistleblower Act (FWA), which was Count II of his complaint; (3) damages for injury to his reputation under Count I of his complaint; and (4) a jury trial. WCI Communities, Inc. (WCI) and other companies (defendants) moved to strike these demands on the grounds that the Sarbanes-Oxley Act did not allow for punitive damages, damages for injury to reputation, or a jury trial, and that the FWA did not allow for punitive damages. Hanna conceded that the Sarbanes-Oxley Act did not permit punitive damages.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Hurley, J.)
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