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Oregon Supreme Court plays chicken in Williams v. Philip Morris case

After being reversed twice by the U.S. Supreme Court, including in last term's Philip Morris v. Williams case (Oct. 26, 2006; Feb. 20, 2007; much more), the Oregon Supreme Court has once again reaffirmed the $79.5 million punitive damages award. Steenson has details. SCOTUS avoided addressing the issue of excessiveness of damages, so the Oregon Supreme Court's decision is a direct challenge to that jurisprudence. The Court is going to be faced with the need to write a "No, this time we really mean it" reversal, or effectively undo its precedents in the area. (Update: Turkewitz suggests the latter outcome is likely.)

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Rafael Mangual
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