punitive damages

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punitive damages

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punitive damages

Damages awarded in an amount intended to punish the defendant for the egregious nature of the tort. The defendant’s actions must be willful and wanton, and the damages are not based on the plaintiff’s actual monetary loss.
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punitive damages

damages awarded by the court, in addition to damages awarded as compensation for loss, as a punishment to the guilty party and an assuagement to the suffering party.
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Carbon tax had been foisted on industry and was more punative than in Germany but the UK was still adopting equally rigid EU legislation which was wrong.
Punative damages are covered to the fullest extent allowed by law and supplementary reimbursement is available for legal expenses, payment enhancements and mediation credit expansion.
Aletin, Chitalin, and Domingo (the latter a Hispanic surname because he had been baptized) were the Mocobi leaders at San Javier and, through a mix of tactics both rewarding and punative, the missionaries won them over.
Democratic electoral politics do not allow politicians to admit their limited capacity to control crime: punative measures thus become the strategy which can be exhibited to the public.