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Ford Motor Co. v. Romo
On May 19, 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated a $290 million punitive damages judgment entered in a car accident case; the court remanded the case to the California courts for reconsideration in light of a recent High Court decision imposing limits on punitive damages awards. The decision was a victory for WLF, which had filed a brief urging that the lower court decision be overturned. WLF argued that the $290 million punitive damages award violated the car manufacturer's due process rights. WLF argued that simply because a defendant is wealthy is no reason to increase the size of a punitive damages award, and that the trial court should not have allowed the jury to impose damages based on the manufacturer's alleged misconduct in other states.
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