The Supreme Court's long-awaited oral argument in the "Big Tobacco" punitive damages case appeared to fizzle on Tuesday, with several justices hinting that they'd like to kick the case back to the Oregon Supreme Court for clarification. But there were some signs that if the high court decides to keep the case and rule on it, the justices might be willing to uphold the $79.5 million punitive damages verdict against Philip Morris, in spite of Court precedents that point toward limiting punitive damages.
Justices May Return Punitive Damages Case to Oregon High Court
November 1, 2006
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