For nearly three decades, Mayer Brown’s Punitive Damages team has collectively devoted more time and energy to issues bearing on punitive damages than any other lawyers in the country. The goal of our blog is to provide readers with the benefit of our decades of experience litigating punitive damages cases. We hope to educate readers about the cutting-edge issues in punitive damages law, as well as to provide bench and bar with the kind of sophisticated thinking necessary to rationalize the law in this area.”
– Evan Tager, editor-in-chief

A valuable resource for both in-house lawyers and outside counsel, “Guideposts: Mayer Brown’s Punitive Damages Blog” includes analysis and commentary on timely topics such as excessiveness, liability standards, procedures, trial strategies, recent verdicts, and legislative developments. With a broad platform to discuss and analyze individual decisions and large scale trends, as well as to provide practical advice for litigating punitive damages issues both at trial and on appeal, the blog aims to keep readers up-to-date about important developments in this complex and ever-changing area of law.

Evan Tager is the blog’s editor-in-chief. Andrew Frey and Miriam Nemetz are editors. Carl Summers and Daniel Jones are regular contributors to the blog.

Members of Mayer Brown’s Punitive Damages Group have represented a party or written an influential amicus brief in all of the landmark punitive-damages cases in the Supreme Court. Most notably, Mayer Brown represented BMW in BMW of North America, Inc. v. Gore, in which the Supreme Court ruled for the first time that a punitive damages award was so excessive as to violate the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution. The firm also represented Honda in Honda Motor Co. v. Oberg, in which the Supreme Court held that the Due Process Clause requires states to provide judicial review of the amount of punitive damages awarded by a jury.  And in Philip Morris USA v. Williams, Mayer Brown persuaded the Supreme Court to rule that juries may not use their punitive damages awards to punish defendants for harms suffered by persons who are not parties to the litigation.

Additionally, lawyers in the Group have vast experience representing business defendants in punitive damages litigation in federal and state courts throughout the country. They have assisted clients at all stages of punitive damages litigation, from developing defenses and drafting motions in limine and jury instructions to briefing and arguing post-trial motions to handling appeals.

Lawyers in Mayer Brown’s Punitive Damages Group have written numerous scholarly works on the topic of punitive damages, including, most prominently, the chapter on punitive damages in the multi-volume ABA treatise Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts. They also appear regularly on panels devoted to the subject of punitive damages and have taught law-school classes on it.

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