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punitive damages

noun, Law.
damages awarded to a plaintiff in excess of compensatory damages in order to punish the defendant for a reckless or willful act.
Also called exemplary damages.
Origin of punitive damages
1970-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In addition to compensatory damages the courts began to award punitive damages.
  • punitive damages are awarded in addition to compensatory damages for actual monetary losses.
  • What is needed is punitive damages for patent trolling.
  • punitive damages would also be available, but only if prosecutors could be shown to have lied in seeking to justify a detention.
  • But citizens cannot sue for punitive damages and the leaders of counterterror operations are exempt from liability.
  • It seeks unspecified damages for lost wages as well as compensatory and punitive damages.
  • If jurors decide he did, they will have to decide the amount of punitive damages, which usually run much higher.
  • punitive damages may be awarded to punish an employer who has committed an especially malicious or reckless act of discrimination.
  • Upon commencement of a civil action, the complaint must not seek punitive damages.
  • punitive damages also may be available if an employer acted with malice or reckless indifference.

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