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Widener Commonwealth Law School

Thursday, April 12, 2007

A Middle Ground on Punitives

That's the suggestion of Keith Hylton (BU) in this SSRN entry.  The abstract:

This essay is a series of reflections on the implications of Philip Morris for the tort reform movement. I make an effort below to find a middle ground between the positions of the plaintiff and defendant in Philip Morris. That middle ground involves largely returning to the Supreme Court's pre-Gore treatment of punitive damages and introducing new procedural devices for defendants to challenge awards. I close with a few observations on the implications of this case law for pain and suffering awards.

Incidentally, I am traveling, yet again, for the rest of this week, so posting may be sporadic.  Wish the WNEC team luck in the Rendigs Products Liability moot court competition.

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