Chevron Corp. and its tort-reformer allies on Wednesday withdrew a proposed California ballot initiative that would have blocked plaintiffs from collecting punitive damages in some product liability cases. The association agreed to drop the measure after legislative leaders promised to address lawsuits over the fuel additive known as MTBE. The initiative's demise marks the third time in little more than a year that the state's trial lawyers have survived corporate-sponsored ballot-box threats.
Chevron, Tort Reformers Drop Calif. Anti-Punitives Initiative
May 12, 2006