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Editorial: A Verdict For Workers, For A Change

Publication Date: 
March 02, 2008
Source: 
The New York Times

Professor Jeffrey Fisher, who represented victims of the Exxon Valdez oil spill before the Supreme Court, is referenced in a New York Times editorial:

It would be a mistake to read too much into one decision. There is certainly evidence the court will not easily shake its undue solicitude for the problems of corporations. One example came last week, in Exxon’s challenge to a $2.5 billion punitive damages award against it arising out of the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Chief Justice John Roberts, who once practiced corporate law, asked, “So what can a corporation do to protect itself against punitive damages awards such as this?” The court has been on a campaign to strike down large awards of punitive damages against corporations, but the lawyer for the oil spill’s victims, Professor Jeffrey Fisher of Stanford Law School, had the answer: “It can hire fit and competent people.”