In case you missed it, the Supremes are tackling a major tobacco/tort reform liability case this week. AP’s Mark Sherman has the story:
The Supreme Court grappled Tuesday with whether to allow a $79.5 million verdict against a cigarette company, a case that business groups are pointing to in asking the justices to clamp down on large damage awards.
Mayola Williams was in the crowded courtroom to hear the justices discuss the judgment that an Oregon jury imposed against Altria Group Inc.’s Philip Morris USA in connection with the death of her husband, Jesse.
A two-pack-a-day smoker of Marlboros for 45 years, Jesse Williams died of lung cancer nine years ago. Mayola Williams followed through on a promise she said she made to her husband and sued Philip Morris, which makes Marlboros, for fraud. She won.