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From: "Mark ProbertDecember 23, 2002"
References: <3FE681C6.E9519951@nospam.com> <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Can this mother win this lawsuit?
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Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2003 23:45:21 GMT
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"CBI" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> Banty wrote in message
> > In article , Carey Gregory
> > >
> > >
> > >5. Evidence was produced at trial showing that McD's intentionally
> > >coffee excessively hot to discourage free refills despite having been
> > >advised that the temperature would cause burns and lawsuits.
> > >calculated that the increased profits would exceed damage awards. In
> > >words, they knowingly and willfully chose to inflict burns and be sued.
> > >
> > And, this, exactly, explains the size of the punitive damages.
> > The purpose of punitive damages in cases like these is to prevent
> > becoming a 'cost of business'. It is necessary that they be very large
> > sometimes to make this so. Otherwise, Mickey D's and other firms would
> > these calculations routinely.
> > Banty
> The problem is that in this case the victim doesn;t really deserve the
> mega amount (and so it was reduced). WOuldn't things be more just of
> the jury could give what was deserved to the victim and then render
> another verdict as punishment that - say - would go to charities
> serving burn victims.
that is not our legal system. The complainant gets the $$. The purpose is to
punish the wrongdoer and to let them know that they cannot do it with
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