Starrh and Starrh Cotton Growers v. Aera Energy, LLC, No. F058778, 2012 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 608 (Cal. Ct. App. Jan. 25, 2012)

(plaintiff raises 6,000 acres of pistachios, cotton, almonds and alfalfa on land adjacent to defendant's property on which oil drilling operations were conducted; plaintiff claimed that contamination of groundwater damaged plaintiff's crops; trial court awarded plaintiff $8.5 million in compensatory damages, but later ruled that there would be no trial on punitive damages; appellate court ruled that plaintiff could sue for punitive damages).

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