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defendant

The party sued in an action at law.Contrast actions in equity,in which the party sued is called a respondent.Today,these distinctions are largely irrelevant,but they may be encountered when reading old legal decisions.

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Civil Defendant. Moreover, both Jurisdiction Stripping and U.S.
Throughout the past two decades, the United States Supreme Court has gradually formed several procedural and substantive protections under the Fourteenth Amendment's Due Process Clause (1) limiting the size of punitive damages a State can award against civil defendants. (2) The Court has made it clear that the catalyst for the recent constitutional doctrine stems from its concern towards punitive damages that "run wild." (3) What has not been as clear is what prior constitutional authority the Court has drawn from when creating these new rules.
The civil defendant will likely face suits by classes of indirect purchasers in the 20 states that permit such actions.
Indeglia said Rhode Island has "seldom, if ever, afforded criminal or civil defendants greater protections" than those afforded under the Fifth Amendment.
Many people presume that criminal defendants have more protections than civil defendants, given that their liberty is at stake, Peirce said.
Namely, that courts should take great care to afford due process rights to civil defendants exposed to punitive damage claims.

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