Cooper Indus. v. Leatherman Tool Group
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.