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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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 This weeks' lawsuit seeks monetary and punitive damages as well as other costs, but doesn't specify how much. Josh Hafner, USA TODAY, "Sandy Hook families suing Alex Jones aren't the only ones to threaten conspiracy theorist," 24 May 2018 The lawsuit seeks monetary and punitive damages, attorney fees and other costs. Dave Collins, chicagotribune.com, "More families of Sandy Hook victims, FBI agent sue Infowars' Alex Jones," 23 May 2018 The cheerleaders demand jury trials and seek compensatory and punitive damages. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "NFL Teams Previously Have Settled in Cheerleader Lawsuits. Will Texans' Ex-Cheerleaders Set Different Precedent?," 25 June 2018 In all, jurors awarded more than $50 million to 10 plaintiffs who live near the hog farm, setting compensatory damages at $75,000 and punitive damages at $5 million for each plaintiff. Maria Armental, WSJ, "Jury Awards Neighbors of North Carolina Hog Farm $50 Million In Nuisance Case," 26 Apr. 2018

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1858, in the meaning defined above

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see damage sense 2

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