United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
598 F.3d 938 (8th Cir. 2010)
Jaymie Quigley (plaintiff) and her children rented a house from Dale Winter (defendant) using a Section 8 housing voucher. Over the course of a few years, Winter made several inappropriate sexual advances toward Quigley, including touching her sexually, showing up at her house late at night and unannounced, staying longer than he was welcome after conducting inspections of the house, and making sexual comments about her 14-year-old sister. Eventually, Quigley decided to move out and asked Winter if she would get her security deposit back. In response, “Winter fluttered his hand against Quigley’s stomach and said, ‘My eagle eyes have not seen everything yet.’” Quigley brought suit for hostile housing environment created by sexual harassment, quid pro quo sexual harassment, and coercion, intimidation, and interference with housing rights, among other things. The jury found in favor of Quigley on all claims and awarded her over $13,685 in compensatory damages. The jury also awarded $250,000 in punitive damages. On Winter’s motion, the district court reduced the punitive damages award to $20,527.50, or one and a half times the compensatory damages. Winter appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Riley, J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.
Here's why 239,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 14,200 briefs, keyed to 189 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.