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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Israel unilaterally made the decision as a punative reaction to Palestinian application to the International Criminal Court.
The Magpies wage bill was in excess of pounds 40m last year, down by half on the previous campaign but still punative.
12) Punative damages may only be awarded after a showing that the discrimination was wilful and reckless.