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A lot more is at stake in BMW of North America v. Gore, 94-896, than the legal cost of repainting luxury automobiles, The case returns the issue of punitive damages to the Supreme Court amid complaints by business interests to a receptive Congress that high punitive awards are helping to stifle U.S. economic growth. At the same time, the case carries overtones of federalism, an issue that seems to lurk throughout the Supreme Court's docket these days.



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