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State Farm Mutual Auto Ins. Co. v. Campbell

Docket No.: 01-1289
Certiorari Granted: Jun 3 2002
Argued: December 11, 2002
Decided: April 7, 2003

Topics:

Due Process, Economic Activity, Bill of Rights, Commerce Clause, Double Jeopardy, Due Process, Eighth Amendment, Federalism, Fourteenth Amendment, Necessary and Proper, Tenth Amendment, habeas, habeas corpus, murder, separation of powers, stare decisis

PartyNames: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company v. Inez Preece Campbell and Matthew C. Barneck, Special
Petitioner: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
Respondent: Inez Preece Campbell and Matthew C. Barneck, Special

Court Below: Supreme Court of Utah
Citation: Utah Supreme Court, No. 981564, 10/19/01 unpublished. QUESTION PRESENTED Whether the Utah Supreme Court, in direct contravention of this Court's decision inBMW of North America, Inc. v. Gore , 517 U.S. 559 (1996), and fundamental principles of due process, committed constitutional error by reinstating a ยง145million punitive damage award that punish es out-of-state conduct, is 145 times greater than the compensatory damages in the case, and is based upon the defendant's alleged business practices nati onwide over a twenty year period, which were unrelated and dissimilar to the conduct by the defendant that gave rise to theplaintiffs' claims?
Supreme Court Docket

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
v.
Inez Preece Campbell and Matthew C. Barneck, Special
538 U.S. 408 (2003)
Question:

Is an award of $145 million in punitive damages, when full compensatory damages are $1 million, excessive and in violation of the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment?

State Farm Mutual Auto Ins. Co. v. Campbell
ORAL ARGUMENT

December 11, 2002

Holding: reversed and remanded
Decision: Decision: 6 votes for State Farm Mutual Auto Ins. Co., 3 vote(s) against
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