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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Friday, May 7, 2010

Markel on Punitive Damages

Markel dan Dan Markel  (Florida State University College of Law) has posted Punitive Damages and Private Ordering Fetishism: A Reply to Professors Krauss and Owen (University of Pennsylvania Law Review PENNumbra, Vol. 158, p. 283, 2010) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

This essay is a reply to two recent responses that appeared in the U. Penn Law Review's online companion, PENNumbra by Professors Michael Krauss and David Owen. The essay's principal goal is to clarify some areas where I think Professors Krauss and Owen misunderstood some aspects of my proposed framework for restructuring punitive damages, a framework I developed in two articles last year. Those clarifications address issues including but not limited to how punitive damages law ought to address the wealth or financial condition of the defendant, the defendant’s status as a corporation, settlement dynamics and insurance. Before I answer Professor Krauss’s and Professor Owen’s challenges in those particular domains, however, I begin the essay with some more general observations about what role tort law could and should serve. My hope is that these initial remarks will provide some context for the nature and significance of the particular policy disputes we have with respect to punitive damages law.

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