Thursday, October 26, 2006

What Are Excessive Punitive Damages?

Okay, I must apologize but for this post I want to put my Law Student hat on (I know that is very annoying for those out there who don't care much for the law but I really don't care).

One of the questions before the Supreme Court this term is how to determine punitive damages. When are punitive damages too high?

The case is Philip Morris and this is what the N.Y. Times thinks about it. I don't smoke but I do believe that the punitive damages in that case were way too high.

I certainly hope that Supreme Court agrees.
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