Supreme Court Remands Philip Morris Case

Law360, New York (February 21, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- Philip Morris USA’s due process rights were violated when a jury awarded $79.5 million to the estate of a deceased smoker, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in remanding the case back to an Oregon court.

The Supreme Court voted 5-4 to remand the case, ruling that the jury was forbidden to consider smokers who were not present in court in evaluating punitive damages for Philip Morris.

The lawsuit arises out of the death of Jesse Williams, a heavy smoker. Williams’ widow, Mayola Williams, sued Philip Morris...
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