Big Tobacco and the Supreme Court: Double Jeopardy, Civil-Style?
The Supreme Court will be hearing arguments in the case “Philip Morris v. Williams” this Halloween. The case will not be about suing from failure to overcome vice, but rather the punitive damages issued in the case. The Court must maintain that the Constitution places limits on the punitive damages a jury can award. Otherwise, elected representatives will be responsible for reforming the civil justice system by following the lead of states that have capped non-economic and punitive damages.