CLARK V. CHRYSLER CORPORATION U.S COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SIXTH CIRCUIT 2006 U.S APP. LEXIS 2435 Fact: Charles Clark was fatally injured in an automobile accident when he pulled into an intersection in front of an oncoming vehicle and collided whit it. He was not wearing a seat belt and was consequently ejected from his vehicle. His wife sued Chrysler, claiming that its pick up truck was defectively and negligently designed. Issue: can Chrysler corporation appeal the jury judgment as excessive punitive damage? Decision: Yes, Chrysler can claim that.
Reasoning: according to the three Gore guideposts that courts must consider when reviewing punitive damage awards, the court concluded that the $3million award here is constitutionally excessive. The Gore guideposts to the facts of this case reveal that a punitive damage award approximately equals twice the amount of compensatory damages.
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