Publication Advisory: BJS Releases Punitive Damage Awards in State Courts, 2005

Mar 24, 2011, 09:00 ET from Bureau of Justice Statistics

WASHINGTON, March 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) released Punitive Damage Awards in State Courts, 2005. The report presents findings on civil trials concluded in 2005 in a national sample of state trial courts in which punitive damages were requested or awarded.

This BJS report discusses major civil categories such as intentional tort, automobile accident, medical malpractice, product liability, and employment discrimination and the rates in which litigants requested and received punitive damages. The report also describes variations in punitive damage activity by different pairings of plaintiff and defendant litigants and examines punitive damage award activity between bench and jury trials.

TITLE: Punitive Damage Awards in State Courts, 2005 (NCJ 233094)

AUTHORS: Thomas H. Cohen and Kyle Harbacek


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SOURCE Bureau of Justice Statistics