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Subject:  Re: Hot Coffee Date:  2/24/2013  11:05 PM
Author:  CountNoCount Number:  418491 of 445603

JT: and a similar thing might apply to torts --the insane awards aren't because the plaintiff 'deserved' that much, but in order to deter the corporations. Because they're going to do a cost-benefit on any danger ... some of us want the cost to be high enough they'll consider fixing whatever

The outsized awards were in recognition of the fact that an award of "only" a few millions is not likely to affect today's large corporations at all. They can just pay the costs as "overhead". No need to change the way they do business.

Count No'Count
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