Stevenson v. First American Title Insurance Company

Petition for certiorari denied on October 14, 2014
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
14-106 Wis. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2014

Issue: Whether federal due process requires state-court judges, in reviewing jury-awarded punitive damages for constitutional excessiveness, to: (1) use de novo review to set punitive damages at the level they find appropriate, without viewing the evidence in the light most favorable to the verdict, based on Cooper Industries, Inc. v. Leatherman Tool Group, Inc., as courts in at least seven states (including the court below) hold; or, instead, (2) use the rational-factfinder test of Jackson v. Virginia viewing the evidence in the light most favorable to the verdict and upholding the maximum amount a rational jury could award on the record so viewed (measured by the relevant legal guideposts), based on Honda Motor Co. v. Oberg, as courts in at least five states hold.

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DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Jul 21 2014Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due August 29, 2014)
Aug 29 2014Brief of respondent First American Title Insurance Company in opposition filed.
Sep 10 2014Reply of petitioners John E. Stevenson, et ux. filed.
Sep 17 2014DISTRIBUTED for Conference of October 10, 2014.
Oct 14 2014Petition DENIED.
 
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