Punitive damages, or exemplary damages, are those which are designed to punish a defendant whose behavior in causing the plaintiff's injuries was especially egregious Punitive damages are rarely awarded and are reserved for very serious misconduct
Also called "Exemplary Damages " Optionally covered by professional liability insurers A few states require that punitive damages be covered Other state laws prohibit insurance companies from covering punitive damages because such damages are intended to punish the defendant for willful, fraudulent, oppressive, malicious, or otherwise outrageous behavior that should not be covered by insurance
Dollar awards to a plaintiff as a result of intentional outrageous misconduct by the defendant They are designed to deter such behavior by punishing wrongdoers They are not covered under the HARRP Coverage Agreement and most liability insurance policies
In a lawsuit, money awards that are intended to punish an individual or entity that has acted in a malicious, fraudulent, or oppressive manner toward the plaintiff, and thus to dissuade others from similar behavior in the future See also compensatory damages
Damages in excess of those required to compensate the plaintiff for the wrong done, which are imposed in order to punish the defendant because of the particularly wanton or willful character of his wrongdoing
16 15 Punitive damages are those that a court can award as a punishment for wrongdoing aside from any actual damages suffered by the plaintiff from any such wrongdoing Punitive damages are specifically prohibited under the Lanham Act However, a court may award treble damages, prejudgment interest and costs in cases in which the court deems such an award as just, and as long as the award is not made for punitive reasons Courts can also award reasonable attorneys' fees in exceptional cases such as egregious intentional infringement
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