Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

In previous years, the Court released orders the morning after the Court’s “Long Conference.” It has not done so this year. Beginning last Term, the Court consistently considered petitions at least two times before granting certiorari. To the extent that practice continues -- and there is no affirmative evidence the Court intends to drop it -- so we are again doubtful that certiorari will be granted in any cases today.

Philip Morris USA, Inc. v. Williams

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
07-1216 Or. S.Ct. Dec 3, 2008
Tr.
Mar 31, 2009 9-0 Per Curiam OT 2008

Issue: Whether the Supreme Court of Oregon, on remand from the Court’s 2007 decision on the constitutionality of a $79.5 million punitive damages award based on harms done to non-named plaintiffs, improperly asserted a state law procedural bar having the effect of precluding Phillip Morris from asserting a constitutional claim.

Judgment: Dismissed in a per curiam opinion on March 31, 2009.

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