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Category: Recoverable Damages

What Are Punitive Damages and How Do They Work?

PUNITIVE DAMAGES The primary purpose of damages in a civil dispute is compensate the injured party for their loss. However, in certain circumstances “punitive” damages may be awarded in order to punish the defendant or deter future wrongful conduct. Availability of Punitive Damages Punitive damage awards in California are governed by Civil Code section 3294. […]