The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit on July 1 threw out all of the punitives–$138 million–in a $150.9 million jury verdict awarded in 1997 to a chain of discount clothing stores against Chase Manhattan Bank.

The plaintiff, 50-Off Stores Inc., now known as Lot$Off Corp., is not the only party lamenting the elimination of the punitives. It also left an investor in the plaintiff’s verdict with no chance of realizing a profit unless the ruling is reversed.