EF! Fined $1million in Idaho

D. Braun dbraun at u.washington.edu
Sun Nov 10 14:44:44 EST 1996

On 9 Nov 1996, Mike Asher wrote:

> Joseph Zorzin <redoak at vgernet.net> wrote:
> > I have some appreciation for both sides of this case as I'm both a
> > practicing forester and I'm also proud to call myself an
> > environmentalist.
> > 
> > But if the true damage was only $20,000 then why the &#@*% did the court
> > award the company over a million bucks?
> It's called punitive damages, and they are often awarded in cases of
> intentional malice.  You don't seem to have a problem with punitive damages
> against corporations.

And where has the poster championed punitive damages against
corporations? More assumptions on your part? Also, describe how punitive
damages that are 5000% of property damage is reasonable. Do you believe
that either this figure will be upheld on appeal, or should be? Really.

		Dave Braun

> --
> Mike Asher
> masher at tusc.net
> "It doesn't make a lot of difference, because the organophospate acts
> locallly and only kills farm workers, and most of those are Mexicans and
> Negros."
>      - Charles Wursta, co-founder Environmental Defense Fund, in
> Congressional testimony, House Committee on Agriculture, 92nd Congress, 1st
> session

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