The U.S. Supreme Court's recent 5-4 ruling in Philip Morris USA v. Williams, overturning a $79.5 million punitive damages award in favor of a deceased smoker's widow, received an understandably upbeat reception from the business community. Yet, the decision is not an unmitigated disaster for plaintiffs seeking to recover punitive damages, writes appellate litigator and commentator Howard J. Bashman.
'Philip Morris' Punitives Ruling May Contain Silver Lining for Plaintiffs
Special to Law.com
February 26, 2007
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