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
3/30Brumfield v. Cain Whether a defendant in a capital case has a right to an independent court hearing on Whether he suffers from mental incapacity and therefore is not eligible for the death penalty.
3/31Kimble v. Marvel Enterprises, Inc. Whether the Court should overrule Brulotte v. Thys Co., which held that “a patentee’s use of a royalty agreement that projects beyond the expiration date of the patent is unlawful per se”.
On Monday afternoon Justices Anthony Kennedy and Stephen Breyer testified before the House Appropriations Committee. The purpose of the hearing was to discuss the Court’s budget for the next fiscal year and the federal judiciary, but the legislators also took full advantage of the occasion to touch on other topics as well.
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