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American Agenda (Law: Punitive Damages In Alabama) #157276

ABC Evening News for Monday, Oct 09, 1995
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(Studio: Forrest Sawyer) Report introduced.

(Montgomery, Alabama: Tim O'Brien) A law and money case before the Supreme Court involving Alabama laws on punitive damages examined; one man's lawsuit against an automobile company that resulted in a two- million punitive damage judgement cited as an example. [Birmingham's Dr. Ira GORE, Gore's attorney Bruce McKEE - recall the case stemming of of Gore being sold a damaged BMW.] The system in Alabama in which trial lawyers are allowed to make campaign contributions to state Supreme Court justices before whom they are trying a case explained; financial examples cited. [Alabama attorney general Jeff SESSIONS - calls this relationship between lawyers and justices unhealthy.] [McKEE - cites his and his firm's campaign contributions.] The state court's decision that putting a cap on punitive damages is unconstitutional noted. [BMW attorney Andrew FREY - criticizes the Gore award.]

Reporter(s):
O'Brien, Tim;
Sawyer, Forrest
Duration:
00:04:10

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