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NCJ Number: NCJ 208445     Find in a Library
Title: Punitive Damage Awards in Large Counties, 2001
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  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
Author(s): Thomas H. Cohen J.D.
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 03/2005
Page Count: 9
  Series: BJS Selected Findings
  Annotation: This report presents findings on civil trials concluded in 2001 in the Nation’s 75 largest counties that produced a punitive damage award.
Abstract: Information reported in numerical tables includes the types of civil cases receiving punitive damages, punitive damage award amounts, a comparison of punitive damages in bench and jury trials, and types of litigants in trials with punitive damages. In addition, information on plaintiff and defendant post-trial and appellate activity in civil trials with punitive damages is presented. Trends in punitive damage awards in civil jury trials during the 1992 and 2001 study periods are also described. Highlights include the following: (1) plaintiff winners received $50,000 or more in punitive damages in half of the estimated 356 civil trials concluded in 2001 with punitive damage awards; (2) punitive damages exceeded compensatory awards in 39 percent of the 356 civil trials with punitive damages; and (3) the type of tort cases in which plaintiff winners were most likely to receive punitive damages included slander/libel (58 percent), intentional torts (36 percent), and false arrest/imprisonment cases (26 percent). This is an electronic only report. Tables
Main Term(s): Civil proceedings
Index Term(s): Court statistics ; Judicial decisions ; Jury decisionmaking ; Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Sale Source: Justice Statistics Clearinghouse/NCJRS
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Type: Statistics
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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