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OPINION
May 28, 2004
Re "State Profit in Punishment," editorial, May 24: I can't help but feel that this is one of those cases where it depends what side of the law you'd be on. If you're on the side that is being sued then, yes, by all means, anything to discourage these tremendous payouts. Then again, if you're on the side that has been wronged, how dare they defy the intent of the legislation? Compensatory damages can compensate for actual monetary amounts, which can be proved. Pain and suffering become a little subjective in terms of how long and painful the results of the alleged act are, when compared with similar situations.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld $500,000 in damages awarded to a woman for the trauma she suffered when she rushed to her Cerritos home minutes after a plane crash and saw her house on fire with her husband and children inside.
NEWS
April 12, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A federal jury awarded $6 million to a woman who sued Boynton Beach after being shot eight times by police in an incident that triggered days of racial unrest in 1987. Jurors concluded that the city and two officers violated the civil rights of Betty Willingham, who's black, as she came out of her house with a knife and approached an officer who was fighting with her brother. The jury said the city violated Willingham's civil rights by failing to train, supervise or discipline its officers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 1992 | CAROL WATSON
A 4,000-square-foot house under construction in Castaic was damaged Monday by a fire that county fire officials said may have been set by arsonists. The fire in the 30000 block of Aparri Avenue did $40,000 damage, Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Robert Sheets said. Neighbors reported the fire to county authorities at 6:56 p.m. They then hurried to douse the flames with water, trying to prevent the blaze from spreading to three houses next to the construction, Sheets said.
NEWS
June 16, 1990 | From United Press International
A jury Friday awarded nearly $7.6 million to the wife of a man stabbed to death by jailhouse author Jack Henry Abbott, rejecting the convicted killer's argument that she did not deserve a penny. "A little excessive, I would say," Abbott, 46, remarked to the judge after the jury announced its verdict in a state court in Manhattan. Abbott killed Richard Adan with a single stab wound to the heart outside an East Greenwich Village restaurant nine years ago after an argument.
BUSINESS
July 9, 1998 | City News Service
Jury deliberations have began to determine punitive damages in a case brought by director Francis Ford Coppola against Warner Bros. Last week, a jury in Los Angeles County Superior Court awarded Coppola $20 million in compensatory damages for his claim that Warner illegally claimed ownership of and blocked the making of a film version of "Pinocchio" he was developing. Coppola attorney Robert Chapman told the panel that Warner Bros. is worth about $6.
BUSINESS
December 7, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Insmed Inc. infringed three patents covering a treatment for abnormally short children, a jury said in a lawsuit brought by Genentech Inc. and Tercica Inc. The jury in federal court in Oakland awarded San Francisco-based Genentech and Brisbane, Calif.-based Tercica $7.5 million in damages and a percentage of future sales of the treatment. Richmond, Va.-based Insmed's Iplex and Tercica's product, called Increlex, are growth drugs used to treat about 6,000 short children.
NEWS
March 10, 1987 | From Reuters
Stewart Granger was awarded damages by London's High Court today over allegations in a book that Richard Burton seduced Granger's second wife, actress Jean Simmons. A biography of the late Burton by Penny Junor claimed that he seduced Simmons in the Granger home while Granger was asleep in another room. Granger, 73, who now lives in California, was awarded "substantial" damages, his lawyer said.
BUSINESS
October 21, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Parmalat has been ordered to pay Citigroup $364 million in damages after a New Jersey state court jury found that the bank did not aid executives in looting the Italian dairy company before its collapse in 2003. Parmalat had been seeking $1.92 billion in damages in the case, filed in Superior Court of Bergen County, N.J., alleging that Citigroup Inc. aided and abetted a breach of fiduciary duty. The decision is subject to Parmalat's applications to set aside the verdict in trial court, the company said.
BUSINESS
July 26, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
A commission created by Congress to consider changing U.S. antitrust law defeated a proposal to let judges reduce damages for thwarting competition imposed on companies such as Microsoft Corp. The Antitrust Modernization Commission, meeting in Washington, voted 8 to 3 to preserve the existing law, which permits individuals and companies to collect triple damages if they can prove they were harmed by anti-competitive practices such as price-fixing or illegal protection of a monopoly.
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