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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Rules in Litigation Over John Steinbeck’s Estate

On Monday, September 9, 2019, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the compensatory damages award of $5.25 million in litigation stemming from author John Steinbeck's estate, brought by Steinbeck's stepdaughter, Waverly Scott Kaffaga. In its ruling, the Ninth Circuit vacated the $7.9 million punitive damage award against Steinbeck's daughter-in-law, Gail Knight Steinbeck. Read More.

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