punitive damages

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n punitive damages (law) compensation in excess of actual damages (a form of punishment awarded in cases of malicious or willful misconduct)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • punitive damages those given specially for the punishment of the wrongdoer.
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Usage

In literature:

When a court does award damages, the award may be "compensatory" or "punitive.
"What Works: Schools Without Drugs" by United States Department of Education
He cannot assess punitive damages.
"Ifugao Law" by R. F. Burton
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In news:

Representing himself, Wake Gardner, 17, said he has filed a lawsuit for punitive damages.
OurWeekly > business > mga-seeking-440-million-attorneys-fees-and- punitive-damages -mattel-bratz-case.
Punitive Damages At Issue In UPS Worker's Case.
PG&E: No punitive damages for San Bruno blast.
Vioxx Jury Awards $9 Million In Punitive Damages .
At the punitive-damages level, it is the societal element that is most important.
Several recent decisions in the Southern District of New York, however, have allowed punitive damages claims to proceed.
Punitive Damages Based Upon Out-of-State Conduct Does Not Further Any Legitimate State Interest.
The Elams, of Clemmons, North Carolina are seeking punitive damages of more than $50,000 against James Landis.
PG&E could face San Bruno punitive damages.
State's limits on punitive damages challenged.
In a case that could have widespread significance in future court decisions, a Las Vegas lawyer argued Monday that a state law limiting punitive damages to $300,000 should not apply to his client's case.
Wis GOP caps punitive damages in tort reform bill.
Senate Republicans revised a sweeping civil lawsuit reform bill Friday to cap punitive damages plaintiffs can collect from defendants.
Niroula Family Seeks $50M in Punitive Damages.
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