This case presents the Court with two significant issues. The core issue before the Court is whether Montana’s statutory cap of $10 million on punitive damages comports with Montana’s Constitution. The second issue before the Court is whether Petitioners Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc. and The Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses are liable to Respondent Alexis Nunez, a congregant at Petitioner Montana’s Thompson Falls Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses for failure to report sexual abuse under Montana’s child abuse reporting statute.
Joseph E. Gresham, Oral Argument Preview, Nunez v. Watchtower: The Constitutional Implications of Montana's Statutory Cap on Punitive Damages and Negligence Per Se Under Montana's Child Abuse Reporting Statute, 80 Mont. L. Rev. 8 (2019).