Double Damages – damages that, by statute, are twice the amount that the fact-finder determines is owed or twice the amount of actual damages

double damages:
(18c)

1. Damages that, by statute, are twice the amount that the fact-finder determines is owed or twice the amount of actual damages awarded.  *  In some cases, double damages are awarded in addition to actual damages, so the effect is the same as treble damages. [1]

1. Multiple damages awarded under statutory authority for certain classes of wrongs, some courts regarding the excess fo the award over the amount of injury actually sustained as an extraordinary liability imposed by way of penalty, others regarding it as an extraordinary liability imposed under s statute which is remedial and nonpunitive.  22 Am J2d Damg §§ 267, 268

The damages awarded for waste in some jurisdictions.  56 Am J1st Waste § 36.

A term for an allowance of inconsistent theories.  Anno: 17 ALR2d 1323.
  See exemplary damages. [2]

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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black, Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-61300-4

[2]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary with Pronunciations
Third Edition by James A. Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Edited by William S. Anderson.  © 1969 by THE LAWYER’S CO-OPERATIVE PUBLISHING COMPANY.  Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 68-30931

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