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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Polsky & Markel Revisit the Taxation of Punitive Damages

Markel dan Gregg D. Polsky and Dan Markel (pictured)(Florida State University College of Law) have posted Revisiting the Taxation of Punitive Damages (Virginia Law Review In Brief, Vol. 97, 2011) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

In our recent article, Taxing Punitive Damages, available at, we argued (1) that plaintiffs in punitive damages cases should be allowed to introduce to the jury evidence regarding the deductibility of those damages by defendants, and (2) that this jury tax-awareness approach is better than the Obama Administration’s suggested alternative of disallowing those deductions.

To our delight, Professor Larry Zelenak and Paul Mogin have each provided published comments to our piece on Virginia Law Review's In Brief companion website. Professor Zelenak’s thoughtful response focuses on our prescriptive claim that jury tax-awareness is better than nondeductibility, while Mr. Mogin disputes our doctrinal claim that the tax evidence is admissible. In this DRAFT reply, we offer our answers to these and related challenges.

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