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Punitive Damages After BMW of North America, Inc. v. Gore

10 September 1997
Mealey's Litigation Report: Bad Faith
Potentially one of the most significant cases in recent years for the insurance industry, BMW of North America, Inc. v. Gore, had nothing to do with insurance. In BMW, the Supreme Court — for the first time ever — found that a punitive damages award was so excessive as to violate the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

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