Thornton v. American Interstate Insurance Company

Iowa Supreme Court

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U.S. Chamber urges Iowa Supreme Court to review excessive and unconstitutional punitive award

November 12, 2015

In its brief, the U.S. Chamber urged the Iowa Supreme Court to overturn or reduce a punitive damages award on the ground that it violates federal constitutional limits. The brief argues that the lower court failed to follow the Supreme Court’s “guideposts” from State Farm v. Campbell for assessing whether a punitive award is excessive and erred in allowing an award with an 88:1 ratio of punitive-to-compensatory damages.

The Iowa Association of Business and Industry joined the U.S. Chamber in filing this brief.

Richard J. Sapp and Ryan G. Koopmans of Nyemaster Goode PC served as counsel for the amici in this case.