U.S. Supreme Court Denies Certiorari for Appeal of Punitive Damages Award

MISSOURI — In the matter of Jeannette G. Poage vs. Crane Co., Docket No. 17-900, the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, Crane Co. affirmed, among other things, the lower’s court punitive damages award in favor of plaintiff. Crane Co. appealed to the Supreme Court, requesting the high court address two key issues:  (1) Whether the due process clause requires appellate review that considers factors undermining the reasonableness of the punitive damages award; and (2) whether the due process clause prohibits a punitive damages award that is more than ten times a substantial compensatory damages award against a defendant who faces multiple suits arising from a single course of conduct.

On March 26, 2018, the Supreme Court denied certiorari to Crane Co. in its appeal of a punitive damage award in the Poage case.

Read the first decision here.

Read the Supreme Court ruling here.