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Thread: Should there be a limit in what a jury/court can award someone?

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    Re: Should there be a limit in what a jury/court can award someone?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Should there be a limit in what a jury/court can award someone?



    St. Louis woman awarded $95 million after former boss allegedly masturbated on her
    If there was a cap, it should be based on % of the company's gross sales or gross margins and perhaps a portion of the award goes to a charity. If you cap something too low, a large org can ignore the costs of doing the wrong thing.

    Ultimately though, one of the most useful functions of a civil case, is not award for the person who had wrong done to them, but to force a company to change its behavior and be more responsible and its one of the few mechanisms available.
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    Re: Should there be a limit in what a jury/court can award someone?

    So when medical malpractice makes them cut off the wrong testicle, then you will get 200K USD.
    If they amputates wrong foot then you will get 1.15M USD.
    10 Unbelievable Medical Mistakes - Oddee.com (medical errors, medical mistakes)

    But if your boss whacks his penis at your face, then you get 90M?! Something is seriously wrong!

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    Re: Should there be a limit in what a jury/court can award someone?

    Quote Originally Posted by Camlon View Post
    So when medical malpractice makes them cut off the wrong testicle, then you will get 200K USD.
    If they amputates wrong foot then you will get 1.15M USD.
    10 Unbelievable Medical Mistakes - Oddee.com (medical errors, medical mistakes)

    But if your boss whacks his penis at your face, then you get 90M?! Something is seriously wrong!
    Kind of makes me wish my boss would whack his penis at my face.







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    Re: Should there be a limit in what a jury/court can award someone?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paschendale View Post
    That was actually after several complaints by numerous people, and MacDonald's being publicly targeted over their coffee being dangerously hot. MD basically shrugged and said they didn't care. Legally, they essentially assumed the risk for their negligent behavior.
    You're right. As you pointed out...McDonald's said that didn't care...and they didn't. Actually, there were over 3000 complaints filed along with over 700 injuries.

    McDonald's discovered a way of super-heating coffee grounds which allowing them to reuse coffee grounds several time...thus substantially reducing their costs. Coffee is an extremely profitable item for them.

    McDonald's actually weighed out their legal cost over that of the profits made from reusing coffee grounds, and reusing coffee grounds won out.

    Since there were no litigations filed that would come close to hurting their pocketbook...people were purposely subjected to being burned by coffee that sometime exceeding 160 degrees.

    The lady that originally won a 2 billion dollar award suffered nerve damage around her groin area. That award was later reduced to less than 1/1000th of the original award.

    The moral of the story is: Everybody heard about the lady being burned by hot coffee and who received a $2 billion award, but nobody knew the facts that led to that award.
    The public doesn't know what goes on behind closed doors. And when those thing are revealed, most often it is the motives for reckless, negligent behaviors that are the object of high fines.

    In Texas...thanks to GW Bush, a persons life is worth no more than $250,000 regardless of the circumstance.

    Jury by peers in injury cases no longer mean anything. The decisions about life and death costs are now in the hands of legislators who pander to the insurance companies. Who do you think they are protecting? Clue: It's not the citizens.

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    Re: Should there be a limit in what a jury/court can award someone?

    There should be a flat amount paid for pain and suffering in case involving that, and other awards need to be based on earning potential, suits against business for punitive damages should hurt but not so much it puts them out of business unless they are crooks.

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    Re: Should there be a limit in what a jury/court can award someone?

    Quote Originally Posted by Councilman View Post
    There should be a flat amount paid for pain and suffering in case involving that, and other awards need to be based on earning potential, suits against business for punitive damages should hurt but not so much it puts them out of business unless they are crooks.
    In this case it appears Aaron's failed to respond to multiple complaints of harassment by this particular manager

    The large settlement is both compensation, and punishment for Aarons lack of action. It serves as a warning to Aarons and to other companies that such inaction towards sexual harassment can and will be costly
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    Re: Should there be a limit in what a jury/court can award someone?

    To allow legislators define award amounts for injuries or wrongful deaths will negate 6th Amendment rights.

    When injury or deaths occur due to negligence or possibly malice (knowingly providing services or goods that can be injurious), insurance companies are paid to absorb any potential litigation cost and any liability losses.

    Legislators take HUGE CONTRIBUTIONS from insurance companies.

    Legislators also have very strong allegiance to other conglomerate special interests that provide services or goods to most citizens directly or indirectly. All of these special interests spend tremendous sums of money to lobby to significantly reduce their accountability and liability.

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    Re: Should there be a limit in what a jury/court can award someone?

    Our court-system is crazy. It's kept insane by the professionals within it, i.e, lawyers and judges.
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