Questions Persist Concerning Review of Punitive Damage Awards

, New York Law Journal


In his Civil Rights Litigation column, Ilann Margalit Maazel, a partner at Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady, writes: The issue of punitive damages has vexed courts for years, nowhere more so than in the recent Second Circuit case, 'Payne v. Jones,' a case that raises interesting questions about the purposes of punitive damages, the appropriate appellate standard of review, and the proper role of appellate courts in reviewing a punitive damages award.

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  • Philip Pierce

    I think that this panel stepped way over the line in substituting its judgment for that of a jury of the parties' peers who spoke for the public after seeing and hearing thw witnesses on this essentially non-legal issue.

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