Punitive Damages


Definition of "Punitive damages"

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Tim Clark Baird & Warner Far Northwest Suburban

Also called exemplary damages. Damages achieved by a judicial award for a plaintiff in a lawsuit in addition to the actual damages. Punitive damages are used to penalize the defendant for bad faith, malice, fraud, violence, or evil intent. It is designed as a punishment, and to prevent future actions of the defendant.

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