Philip Morris USA v. Williams and Punitive Damages: What Evidence is Admissible?

Greenville Lawyers Chapter
Start : Monday, April 23, 2007 12:00 PM
End : Monday, April 23, 2007 01:00 PM

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550 South Main Street, Suite 400
Greenville, SC 29601


  • Prof. F. Patrick Hubbard, University of South Carolina Law School

In Philip Morris USA v. Williams, the Supreme Court of the United States held that juries may not award punitive damages for a Defendant's conduct that harms non-parties to the litigation. However, the Supreme Court also held that evidence of harm to non-parties may be admissible for other purposes. This decision has sparked much discussion among the trial bench and trial bar. To help us sort out the Court's holding, Professor F. Patrick Hubbard of the University of South Carolina School of Law will lead a lunch discussion meeting.

Professor Hubbard has been a member of the law faculty since 1973. Along with Professor Robert L. Felix, Professor Hubbard is the co-author of The South Carolina Law of Torts. Professor Hubbard graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Davidson College. He received a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a LL.M. from Yale Law School.

Registration details: The cost is $10 for lunch. Lunch will be served at noon, and the discussion will begin shortly thereafter. Adjournment is at about 1:00 p.m. RSVP to Bill Watkins at no later than April 19, 2007.