Reflections on Remedies and Philip Morris v. Williams
21 Pages Posted: 6 Apr 2007
Date Written: April 2, 2007
This essay is a series of reflections on the implications of Philip Morris for the tort reform movement. I make an effort below to find a middle ground between the positions of the plaintiff and defendant in Philip Morris. That middle ground involves largely returning to the Supreme Court's pre-Gore treatment of punitive damages and introducing new procedural devices for defendants to challenge awards. I close with a few observations on the implications of this case law for pain and suffering awards.
Keywords: tort reform, remedies, punitive damages, Philip Morris, multiplier, class actions
JEL Classification: K00, K13, K41
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