Judicial Council Soliciting Comments on Proposed Civil Jury Instruction Revisions

The Judicial Council of California is seeking comments on proposed changes to civil jury instructions regarding punitive damages.  The proposed changes are intended to bring the instructions in line with the U. S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision last February in Philip Morris USA v. Williams, which held that the imposition of punitive damages to punish a defendant for harm to non-parties is unconstitutional because it is a taking of property without due process.

Go here for a link to the proposed changes, a link for the on-line submission of comments, and information for submitting comments by mail. The deadline for submissions is July 13, 2007.