The U.S. Supreme Court blinked Tuesday in a long-running standoff with the Oregon Supreme Court over the handling of a punitive damages suit against Philip Morris brought by the widow of a smoker who died from lung cancer in 1997. As a result, the widow, Mayola Williams, stands to receive at least a portion of the $79 million verdict, which has grown to $150 million with interest. The Court dismissed the case as "improvidently granted" in a one-sentence opinion, nearly four months after argument in the case.
High Court Dismisses Philip Morris Appeal of $79 Million Punitive Damages Verdict
April 1, 2009