U.S. Supreme Court Moot Court with Robert Peck

December 1, 2008Duke Law News

In 1999, an Oregon jury awarded $79.5 million in punitive damages against Philip Morris for selling cigarettes to Jesse Williams without telling him that they were addictive and caused cancer. The United States Supreme Court has considered the case twice and twice remanded for the Oregon courts to reconsider the award, yet the Oregon Supreme Court has each time reinstated the award. The case returns for a third time to the Supreme Court to consider whether the state courts provided proper protections to Philip Morris.

Preparing to appear before the Supreme Court on behalf of the respondent in Philip Morris v. Williamson December 3rd, 2008, Robert Peck of the Center for Constitutional Litigation argues the case in a moot court at Duke Law School Monday, December 1.