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Supreme Court Remands Award of 79.5 Million Against Phillip Morris

On February 20, 2007, the US Supreme Court remanded to the Oregon Courts a case where the jury awarded 79.5 million in punitive damages to the estate of a deceased smoker.  The Court stated that such an award amounted to taking of property without due process of law.  See Phillip Morris, USA v. Williams.  http://www.supremecourtus.gov/opinions/06pdf/05-1256.pdf