In Reply to: Re: Defect Disclosure Question posted by ]]]]dallas on June 10, 1999 at 10:24:15:
Doing a search on +Alabama +BMW +lawsuit
yeilds this gem:
May 20, 1996
Web posted at: 9:15 p.m. EDT
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday threw out a
$2 million punitive damages award against automaker BMW, ordered an
appellate court to reconsider Baltimore's ban on alcoholic beverage billboards
and agreed to decide on the validity of Georgia's new congressional district map.
The court voted 5-4 to strike down the damage award against BMW, calling it "grossly
excessive." In the case, an Alabama doctor had sued BMW because the new car he bought had
been repainted to touch up damage that occurred during shipping.
Business interests hailed the ruling as "a nail in the coffin of excessive punitive-damages
awards," according to U.S. Chamber of Commerce general counsel Steve Bokat. But David
Vladeck, director of the Public Citizen Litigation Group, said that large punitive damage awards
may still be possible in personal injury lawsuits.