SANTA ANA, Calif. - Although a California appeals panel on July 11 affirmed a trial court's grant of default judgment to a company in its libel lawsuit against a former employee, the panel found that the court's award of compensatory and punitive damages to the firm violated the defendant's due process rights due to a failure to give proper notice of the damages sought (Schneider National Inc., et al. v. Walter L. Ellis, No. G049501, Calif. App., 4th Dist.; 2014 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 4912).