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Causation and damages in a negligence action

Juries in civil cases can award compensatory damages to pay the plaintiff for actual loss suffered, but sometimes they can also award punitive damages, above actual loss, to punish the defendant and discourage others.

Summarize two cases where punitive damages were awarded- one in which you feel the damages were justified and one when they were not. Explain your answer.

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Juries in civil cases can award compensatory damages to pay the plaintiff for actual loss suffered, but sometimes they can also award punitive damages, above actual loss, to punish the defendant and discourage others.

Summarize two cases where punitive damages were awarded- one in which you feel the damages were justified and one when they were not. Explain your answer.

Liebeck v. McDonald's was an infamous case that I SUPPORT. This case involved punitive damages awarded to a plaintiff based off the injuries sustained from McDonald's coffee. McDonald's coffee was far hotter than industry standards and numerous complaints had occurred prior to Liebeck's injuries that she sustained from being burned with 2nd and 3rd degree burns after purchasing some of McDonald's coffee with her relative. McDonald's coffee was 180-190 F while others in the industry had coffee at ...

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The solution discusses causation and damages in a negligence action.

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