5 Ways To Stave Off Punitive Damages

Law360, New York (July 16, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT) -- Bank-account-busting punitive damages awards are a client's and a defense attorney's nightmare when facing a high-stakes lawsuit. But there are a few easy steps that can help ward off disaster, lawyers said.

Law360 talked to attorneys and law professors to find out how defense attorneys can best protect their clients against punitive damages. Here are five tips:

1. Play up a good track record

One of the best defenses against punitive damages is to show that the claims against your client — whether they are fraud,...
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