If the U.S. Supreme Court can provide guidance, why not let it? On Wednesday, at the urging of tobacco giant Philip Morris USA, the California Supreme Court put on hold a major punitive damages case to await a ruling by the nation's highest court on identical issues. The state court's 6-0 vote freezes, for now, an April 21 appellate court ruling that OK'd a $28 million punitive damages award against Virginia-based Philip Morris -- an amount 33 times greater than the compensatory damages in the case.
Calif. Supremes Wait for Smoke to Clear Over Punitive Damages
August 4, 2006