Five weeks after a federal jury in Pittsburgh handed up a $21.3 million verdict in Gallatin Fuels Inc. v. Westchester Fire Insurance Co., an insurance bad faith case, the trial judge slashed the jury’s punitive damages award from $20 million to $4.5 million.

Now defense lawyers are urging Chief U.S. District Judge Donetta W. Ambrose to toss out the entire verdict, which stands at $5.8 million, or grant a new trial.

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