punitive damages

plural noun

Definition of punitive damages

: damages awarded in excess of compensation to the plaintiff to punish a defendant for a serious wrong

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Paul is seeking up to $500,000 in compensatory damages and up to $1 million in punitive damages. Bruce Schreiner, The Seattle Times, "Rand Paul testifies he feared for his life after 2017 attack," 28 Jan. 2019 In the spirit of comity, Nevada’s Supreme Court tossed several claims and punitive damages but affirmed a $1 million judgment for others. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A California-Nevada Tax Brawl," 8 Jan. 2019 Allred said her client is seeking general and punitive damages to be decided at trial. Nancy Dillon, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Chris Brown accused of trapping woman during nightmare orgy at L.A. mansion," 9 May 2018 The suit asks that Target turn over its profits from the shoes, stop making them, reimburse Vans for attorney fees, and pay punitive damages. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Can Vans really sue Target for a cheap look-alike of its most famous skater shoe?," 26 Dec. 2018 Related The ruling on Monday diverges from a tentative decision the judge reached earlier this month to completely throw out the $250 million in punitive damages and order a new trial. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "Judge Reduces Jury Award Against Bayer’s Roundup to $78.5 Million," 23 Oct. 2018 The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status and punitive damages, stemmed from a September 2016 Wall Street Journal report that said Facebook had vastly overestimated average viewing time for video ads. Suzanne Vranica, WSJ, "Advertisers Allege Facebook Failed to Disclose Key Metric Error for More Than a Year," 16 Oct. 2018 The plaintiffs want statutory damages and penalties awarded to them and other class members, as well as the providing of credit monitoring services, punitive damages, and the coverage of attorneys’ fees and expenses. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Facebook faces class-action lawsuit over massive new hack," 28 Sep. 2018 Jales’ lawsuit seeks monetary and punitive damages against the management of the hotel as well as the parent company, Hilton Worldwide. Hugo Martin, latimes.com, "Brazilian model sues Hilton, claiming she was bitten by bedbugs at Palm Desert hotel," 16 June 2018

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1858, in the meaning defined above

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see damage sense 2

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