The defendant’s lawyers don’t like it. The plaintiffs’ lawyers aren’t talking, but some of their colleagues say they don’t like it either.

The focus of this double-sided antipathy is a recent decision by a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The unanimous ruling allows trial judges to reduce punitive damages awards they find “unconstitutionally excessive” and to do so without offering plaintiffs the choice of a new trial.

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