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Nominal Damages

Broadly speaking, there are three types of damages in Missouri: (a) compensatory damages, (b) punitive damages and (c) nominal damages. Compensatory damages often form the core of a damages award. With compensatory damages, the goal of a court/jury is to award an amount of money damages that makes the plaintiff whole; specifically, the court/jury is…

Punitive Damages

Many people ask about punitive damages because they read about large jury awards in which steep punitive damages are levied against a Defendant. First, what are punitive damages? Second, how are they calculated? Punitive damages are simply a monetary sanction to punish a litigant for egregious conduct and/or to deter other individuals/entities from similar offenses…

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