The Yale Law Journal

Thomas B. Colby


Clearing the Smoke from Philip Morris v. Williams: The Past, Present, and Future of Punitive Damages

Thomas B. Colby

118 Yale L.J. 392 (2008).


In Philip Morris USA v. Williams, the Supreme Court held that the Constitution does not permit the imposition of punitive damages to punish a defendant for harm caused to third parties. This Article critiques the reasoning, but seeks ultimately to vindicate the result, …