RECONCEPTUALIZING SPLIT-RECOVERY STATUTES: Philip Morris USA v. Williams, 127 S. Ct. 1057 (2007)

Rietema, Paul B.
June 2008
Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy;Summer2008, Vol. 31 Issue 3, p1159
Academic Journal
The article discusses a court case that reconceptualizes split-recovery punitive damages laws in the U.S. The split-recovery system shifts a part of the punitive damage award to society. It is noted that a comprehensive and coherent approach to third-party harms in such cases was articulated by the Supreme Court by closing the door for recovery for harms to nonparties. It provides an overview of suit filed by plaintiff Mayola Williams against Philip Morris USA for alleged negligence and deceit in the death of her chain smoker husband, Jesse Williams.


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