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View Diary: What Is The Supreme Court Doing Deciding How Much Is Too Much for Punitive Damages? (22 comments)

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  •  I've never understood Punitive Damages (0+ / 0-)

    Civil law is meant to right wrongs, not to punish.
    We have a whole penal court system for that.

    The Geneva Conventions are not a suicide pact

    by Brain Donor on Wed Oct 25, 2006 at 09:28:28 AM PDT

    •  Punitive Damages (1+ / 0-)
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      Serve as an additional deterrent to stop and make an example of especially egregious conduct. As discussed above compensatory damages can sometimes only be a pinprick with big corporations. Moreover, can you jail a corporation?

      Criminal liability comes from violations of laws, civil liability also punishes conduct that falls within the realm of negligence, carrying out otherwise legal or permissible conduct in an unsafe manner.

      • Cyrus

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