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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Not so punitive?

Justice David Souter wrote for the court that punitive damages may not exceed what the company already paid to compensate victims for economic losses, about $500 million compensation.

Souter said that a penalty should be "reasonably predictable" in its severity.

Maybe we can just send them to their room for an hour of time-out?

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2 Comments:

  • Is it the 1:1 ratio that bothers you, the general idea of any ratio, or something else?

    By Blogger hexapod, at 1:17 PM  

  • No - it's the idea that a jury came up with a number, and the courts have successively whittled that number down to something which isn't even remotely "punitive."

    Last i heard, the 7th amendment to the Constitution was still in effect.

    By Blogger Barry, at 1:49 PM  

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