October 26, 2010

Stroud v. Blount cert. petition re-distributed for Supreme Court's Oct. 29 conference

For those of you tracking the progress of the cert. petition in Stroud v. Blount, the Supreme Court will consider that petition at its conference this Friday, Oct. 29.   The case was originally on the Court's Oct. 15 calendar, but the Supreme Court's docket shows the case has been re-distributed for the Oct. 29 conference.  This petition and the pending petition in Shell Oil v. Hebble both raise issues regarding the proper method of calculating the ratio of punitive damages to "actual harm" for excessiveness purposes.

Related posts:

U.S. Supreme Court requests response to cert. petition in Shell v. Hebble

Stroud v. Blount: cert. petition asks whether courts can consider attorneys' fees as "actual harm" for ratio purposes

Pending cert. petitions raise punitive damages issues