treble damages

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Noun1.treble damages - three times the amount that a court would normally find the injured party entitled to
exemplary damages, punitive damages, smart money - (law) compensation in excess of actual damages (a form of punishment awarded in cases of malicious or willful misconduct)
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However, in light of the new 2008 statutory amendment, you now face mandatory treble damages (plus attorneys' fees and court costs), and could owe more than a quarter of a million dollars (10 employees x $50 per week x 52 weeks x 3 year statute of limitations x 3 for treble damages = $234,000).
158) Accordingly, courts determined whether RICO's treble damages provision was "punitive" or "remedial.
26, HUD issued Mortgagee Letter 2008-07, warning lenders that they may be assessed treble damages whenever they are found to have failed to engage in loss-mitigation efforts as defined by HUD regulations.
Since the Washington Supreme Court observed no distinction between treble damages and exemplary damages in 1981, it is difficult to distinguish IFCA's penalties from punitive damages.
IMF Publications is seeking these enhanced statutory damages, treble damages, and punitive damages "to the extent permitted by law.
Liberty Mutual was awarded treble damages, counsel fees, and investigative costs totaling $82,412.
The penalties for misclassification are steep and include treble damages for civil actions brought by workers; In addition, the liability for such penalties and damages includes entities, officers and management.
The existing law requires homeowners to notify builders of the defect and caps treble damages at $250,000, including attorney's fees.
In addition to the damages sought under each count of the complaint, the insurers seek treble damages as provided for by the anti-terrorism statute and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.
However, on March 10, 2003, in a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court held that local governments are amenable to the False Claims Act and its treble damages.
The district court held that the detainee stated a cognizable civil rights complaint against the sheriff, and the detainee pled a cause of action under a state law that provided that a keeper of a jail must pay treble damages if he/she does any wrong or injury to a detainee, and is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.