Punitive Damages -- Developments in Section 1983 Cases

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Martin A. Schwartz

Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center

Eileen R. Kaufman

Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center

Date Written: 1994

Abstract

This article examines recent developments concerning punitive damages in section 1983 civil rights cases. We will focus upon three major issues: first, the due process requirements for punitive damages claims in federal court section 1983 actions; second, issues relating to evidence of the defendant's net worth; and third, the propriety of summation references to the Rodney King case.

Keywords: punitive damages, section 1983, Smith v. Wade, civil rights, Rodney King, due process, Haslip, TXO, Morgan, net worth, Scott, Keenan

Suggested Citation

Schwartz, Martin A. and Kaufman, Eileen R., Punitive Damages -- Developments in Section 1983 Cases (1994). 10 Touro L. Rev. 541 (1994), Touro Law Center Legal Studies Research Paper Series, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2350988

Martin A. Schwartz

Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center ( email )

225 Eastview Drive
Central Islip, NY 11722
United States

Eileen R. Kaufman (Contact Author)

Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center ( email )

225 Eastview Drive
Central Islip, NY 11722
United States

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