Good Riddance To Lotto Jury Awards
Hooray for common sense. The Supreme Court decision striking down a $2 million punitive damages award to an Alabama doctor who sued BMW for a retouched paint job on his new 535i sedan is a welcome blow for reason. The original jury awarded $4 million for a $4,000 boo-boo, and it wasn't alone in its punitive madness. Two years ago, a jury awarded a woman $2.7 million in punitive damages for spilling hot coffee from a McDonald's in her lap in a moving car. A man received $50 million in punitive damages from Mercury Finance Co. for a $1,000 discrepancy in a used-car loan. This kind of irresponsible behavior erodes faith in the jury system. It doesn't do much to help the business climate either.
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