Philip Morris Back In High Court Over $79M Damages

Law360, New York (December 3, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- Back in the U.S. Supreme Court for the third time to contest a decade-old $79.5 million punitive damages award to the estate of a former smoker, Altria Group Inc.'s Philip Morris USA division claimed it was “ambushed” by the Oregon Supreme Court, which recently refused to reconsider the pricey award despite an earlier high court instruction to do so.

The case has turned into a tug-of-war over the punitive damages judgment, which the Supreme Court has twice overturned, only to have it reinstated both times by...
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