Tuesday, July 01, 2008
The Supreme Court released its opinion in Exxon Shipping Co. v. Baker, No. 07-219, the landmark Exxon Valdez case, holding that the $2.5 billion punitive damages award is excessive as a matter of maritime law and that "a 1:1 ratio" of punitive to compensatory damages " is a fair upper limit" in maritime cases. What are the implications of this decision for due process challenges to punitive damages awards in the future? Evan Tager and Lauren Goldman, partners in Mayer Brown's Supreme Court & Appellate group with vast experience in punitive damages litigation, discussed the Exxon decision and its ramifications for future punitive damages cases during this webinar presentation. The discussion focused on:
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