Punitive Damages and BMW v. Gore

As part of a study of the 14th Amendment's concept of due process, class members engage in a jury simulation exercise, and consider the issues involved in awarding punitive damages. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Concepts

Instructional Ideas

  • Have groups investigate other cases involving punitive damages
  • Have kids investigate their state's punitive damage law
Classroom Considerations

  • The BMW v. Gore documentary is available for purchase for $35.00
  • The DVD can be accessed at http://www.law.duke.edu/voices/
Pros

  • The detailed plan is carefully scaffolded and includes video response guides, worksheets, role cards, and the text of the Supreme Court ruling
Cons

  • The documentary must be purchased
Common Core