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Will New Justices Remake Court's Stance On Punitive Damages?

Publication Date: 
October 27, 2010
The National Law Journal - Supreme Court Insider
Marcia Coyle

Professor of law and former dean Kathleen Sullivan is mentioned in this article on the Supreme Court by the National Law Journal:

Some high-powered legal talent is knocking on the Supreme Court's door, asking justices to take three cases that would place new limits on punitive damages awards.

But they may have their work cut out for them: The Court is less predictable on the issue today than it was two years ago when it last considered punitive damages and sharply restricted awards in maritime cases. That's because the views of Justices Samuel Alito Jr., Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan on punitives are still largely unknown, experts on punitive damages say.


The petitions have been filed by Jeffrey Lamken of Washington, D.C.'s MoloLamken, counsel of record to Shell Oil, in Shell Oil Co. v. Hebble. With him on the petition is Kathleen Sullivan of New York's Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan. Jerold Solovy, chairman emeritus of Jenner & Block, is counsel to Joseph Stroud and Jovon Broadcasting in Stroud v. Blount. His opponent is high court veteran Eric Schnapper of the University of Washington School of Law.