Bankers Life & Casualty Company v. Crenshaw

PETITIONER: Bankers Life & Casualty Company
RESPONDENT: Crenshaw
LOCATION: Federal Bureau of Prisons

DOCKET NO.: 85-1765
DECIDED BY: Rehnquist Court (1988-1990)
LOWER COURT: Supreme Court of Mississippi

CITATION: 486 US 71 (1988)
ARGUED: Nov 30, 1987
DECIDED: May 16, 1988

ADVOCATES:
Bruce J. Ennis, Jr. - on behalf of the Appellee
Theodore B. Olson - on behalf of the Appellant

Facts of the case

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Media for Bankers Life & Casualty Company v. Crenshaw

Audio Transcription for Oral Argument - November 30, 1987 in Bankers Life & Casualty Company v. Crenshaw

Audio Transcription for Opinion Announcement - May 16, 1988 in Bankers Life & Casualty Company v. Crenshaw

William H. Rehnquist:

Three opinions, the opinions of the Court in three cases, No. 85-1765 Bankers Life & Casualty Company versus Crenshaw, No. 86-1145 Patrick against Burget, No. 86-6096 EEOC versus Commercial Office Products Company will be announced by Justice Marshall.

Thurgood Marshall:

In the Bankers Life case is here on appeal from the Supreme Court of Mississippi.

In that case, we hold that a state statute imposing a 15% penalty on parties who appeal unsuccessfully, this money judgment does not violate the Equal Protection Clause.

We therefore affirmed the judgment below.

Appellant also challenges the substantial punitive damages award but we conclude that this challenge has not raise below and therefore, we do not reach it here.

Justice White has filed a concurring opinion in which Justice Scalia has joined.

Justice O'Connor has filed an opinion concurring in part and concurring into judgment in which Justice Scalia has joined.

Justice Scalia has filed an opinion concurring in part and concurring into judgment.

Justice Blackmun has filed an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part.

And Justice Stevens and Justice Kennedy took no part into consideration or decision.