June 18, 2008

California Supreme Court Denies Plaintiffs' Petition for Review in Holdgrafer v. Unocal

The California Supreme Court has denied the plaintiffs' petition for review in Holdgrafer v. Unocal. (This is the case in which the Court of Appeal reversed a $5 million punitive damages award and ordered a retrial on punitive damages. See our prior posts on Holdgrafer here.)

Justices Werdegar and Corrigan were absent and did not participate. See the court's online docket.

Holdgrafer was one of three published California opinions issued this year interpreting the U.S. Supreme Court's 2007 opinion in Philip Morris v. Williams (Williams II). The California Supreme Court denied the plaintiffs' petitions for review in the first two (Holdgrafer and Bullock v. Philip Morris) but has not yet ruled on the defendant's petition for review in the third case (Buell-Wilson v. Ford Motor Co.).