Punitive Damages

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Meaning of Punitive Damages

Such damages as are allowed in excess of the actual loss where a tort is aggravated by evil motives, actual malice , deliberate violence or oppression . Scott v Donald, 165 U.S. 58, 17S.Ct. 265. 41 L.Ed. 632. These are damages allowed in addition to compensatory damages and are allowed in the interest of society in the nature of punishment and as a warning and example to deter the defendant and others from committing like offenses in the future. See Eshelman v Rawalt, 298 III. 192, 131 N.E. 675. These damages are also someÂtimes referred to as exemplary damages .

Punitive Damages Alternative Definition

‘ Exemplary damages.

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Punitive Damages Legal Definition

Money awarded to an injured person, over and above the measurable value of the injury, in order to punish the person who hurt him.


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Punitive Damages in the context of Real Property

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Punitive Damages in the context of Real Property

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Punitive Damages in Maritime Law

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The following is a definition of Punitive Damages, produced by Tetley, in the context of admiralty law: Damages awarded in addition to normal damages for bad faith or excessively improper acts of the defendant in contract or tort or even during a court action. They are usually granted by statute and at times excluded by statute (Hague/Visby Rules at art. 4(5)(b)). They are only now appearing in modern civilian jurisdictions (e.g. Québec Civil Code 1994, at art. 1621 c.c.q.) See Tetley, M.L.C., 2 Ed., 1998 at p. 238 and Tetley, M.C.C., 4 Ed., 2008 at pp. 801-808.







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