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It is well accepted and recognized by New Jersey’s courts that compensatory damages should encompass no more than the amount that will make a plaintiff whole, which is the actual loss. Fair compensatory damages should neither reward a plaintiff nor punish a defendant, but should be commensurate with a plaintiff’s loss. Caldwell v. Hayes, 136 N.J. 422, 433 (1994). Despite the established purpose of a compensatory damage award, there are occasions when a verdict is so excessive it could only have been arrived at in an effort to punish, rather than to compensate. In those instances of a “runaway” jury award, there are two generally recognized forms of relief available to address the excessive verdict: a new trial as to damages only, or remittitur.
By Steven P. Benenson
In the past several years, plaintiffs’ firms have threatened or brought class actions against different companies under New Jersey’s Truth-in-Consumer Contract Warranty and Notice Act (TCCWNA). Here's what you need to know.
By Mitch Warnock
When you take a catastrophic injury case involving paralysis, it is important to have a thorough understanding of the problems and pitfalls. In this article, the author explores, from personal experience, the different types of future expenses the client can expect to incur.
By Shannon E. McClure and Whitney Mayer
The FDA’s recent approval of 23andMe’s direct-to-consumer genetic test to identify genes associated with 10 common diseases and disorders could result in a widespread expansion of patients armed with individualized health information. This expansion of genetic information in the hands of consumers potentially impacts regulatory and litigation issues for pharmaceutical companies.
Discussion of major rulings out of Texas and California.