October 6, 2009

U.S. Supreme Court Denies Cert. in Stevens v. Vons

The U.S. Supreme Court's on-line docket for Stevens v. Vons indicates that the court denied the petition for certiorari yesterday. As we noted in a prior post, the petitioner was essentially arguing that state courts are not permitted to reduce punitive damages awards under state law unless those awards are excessive under the Due Process Clause. Not surprisingly, the Supreme Court declined to take up that issue.

Related posts:

Stevens v. Vons: $16.7M in Punitive Damages Reduced to $1.2M, Ratio of 1-to-1

Stevens v. Vons: Unpublished Opinion Addresses Controversial Issue Regarding Punitive Damages Standard of Review