Issue: 1. Given that this Court has said that a single digit
maximum ratio between punitive damages and
compensatory damages is appropriate in all but the
most exceptional of cases, but greater ratios may
comport with due process when “a particularly
egregious act has resulted in only a small amount of
economic damages,” what factors determine whether
conduct is “particularly egregious,” whether economic
damages are “small” as opposed to nominal, and
what upper limits apply once a single digit ratio is
2. When economic damages are above nominal, but
arguably “small,” does a punitive damages award
that bears a triple-digit ratio to the compensatory
damages violate Ppetitioner’s due process rights
under the Fourteenth Amendment to the United
On Monday at 9:30 a.m. we expect orders from the April 24 Conference. We expect one or more opinions in argued cases at 10 a.m. on Wednesday. We will be live-blogging beginning at 9:45.
This is the second week of the April sitting. On Tuesday the Court will hear oral argument in Obergefell v. Hodges, which is consolidated with three other cases, on the questions of whether the Fourteenth Amendment requires that states grant and/or recognize same-sex marriages. We will be live-blogging updates from the oral argument beginning at 11 a.m.
Glossip v. Gross The constitutionality under the Eighth Amendment of using a sedative as the first drug in a death penalty protocol.