Punitive Damages and the Supreme Court: A Tragedy in Five Acts

Cato Supreme Court Review, pp. 315-334, 2006-2007

George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 07-34

21 Pages Posted: 15 Oct 2007  

Michael I. Krauss

George Mason University School of Law

Abstract

This is a critique of Supreme Court jurisprudence concerning punitive damages. The author claims that the Supreme Court erred in the first of its recent treatments of punitive damages, and that this error has been compounded, resulting in a possibly incoherent state of current law. The various episodes in this jurisprudence are discussed in turn.

Keywords: punitive damages, tort law, corrective justice, Supreme Court

JEL Classification: K13

Suggested Citation

Krauss, Michael I., Punitive Damages and the Supreme Court: A Tragedy in Five Acts. Cato Supreme Court Review, pp. 315-334, 2006-2007; George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 07-34. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1020142

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