compensatory damages


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compensatory damages

Damages intended to compensate the injured party for the harm suffered.Contrast with punitive damages to punish the wrongdoer,and nominal damages awarded to recognize that a right was violated or a duty breached,but no harm done.
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The trial court reduced the compensatory damages award to $1 million and the primitive damages award to $25 million.
The disparity between the jury's compensatory damages award and its punitive damages award is also not comparable to that in Gore," the panel said.
While that ruling refused to articulate a strict line in the ratio between punitive and compensatory damages, it gave very clear guidance on what should be expected most of the time, she noted.
In such cases, due process does not limit the court to a ratio of punitive to compensatory damages, but allows it to ask whether the relationship between punitive damages and the actual harm to the plaintiff is reasonable.
5 million in compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive damages, which the trial judge reduced to $25 million.
20, 1996 (unless received pursuant to suits filed prior to that date) to compensatory damages for physical injury, physical sickness or wrongful death.
Barring intervention by states on a statutory level, it is likely professionals will continue to see punitive damage awards that are grossly dissproportionate to the compensatory damages awarded a plaintiff.
If Congress enacted the proposal to disallow deductions for the cost of compensatory damages under certain environmental laws, it would create an artificial distinction in the tax law for certain types of costs associated with the manufacture and distribution of products.
In the first case, the Utah Supreme Court found that State Farm "repeatedly and deliberately deceived and cheated its customers" and upheld a punitive-damages award that was 145 times the amount of compensatory damages.
In BMW and State Farm, the court held punitive damages could be so disproportionate to compensatory damages as to violate defendants' constitutional guarantee of due process of law.
Ventura Superior Court Judge Frederick Bysshe awarded $9 million in compensatory damages and $10 million in punitive damages to the victim, known in court only as Shawna Doe.