Cooper Indus. v. Leatherman Tool Group

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In Cooper Indus. v. Leatherman Tool Group, 532 U.S. 424 (2001), the U.S. Supreme Court held that it was unconstitutional for a jury to find defendant guilty of unfair competition and award plaintiff $50,000 in compensatory damages and $4.5 million in punitive damages. The Court held that the Court of Appeals applied the wrong standard of review in upholding the constitutionality of the punitive damages award.

Justice John Paul Stevens wrote the opinion for the 8-1 Court. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg issued the sole dissent.