Punitive damages is a controversial topic in the legal profession and in the field of economics. This chapter explores the economics of punitive damages as they relates to corporate defendants. The economic difference between large corporations and other potential defendants, such as individuals or smaller closely held companies, causes the effects of a punitive award to be different. In some circumstances, these differences raise significant questions as to the appropriateness of punitive damages when imposed on large corporations.
Gaughan, P.A. (2005), "The Economics of Punitive Damages: Post State Farm v. Campbell", Gaughan, P.A. and Thornton, R.J. (Ed.) Developments in Litigation Economics (Contemporary Studies in Economic and Financial Analysis, Vol. 87), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 217-266. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1569-3759(05)87009-3Download as .RIS
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