Punitive damages, Compensatory damages, Punitive awards, Compensatory awards, Joni Hersch, Kip Viscusi, Hersch-Viscusi, H-V, Empirical legal studies
Applied Statistics | Litigation | Remedies
This article assesses the relation between punitive and compensatory damages in a data set, gathered by Hersch and Viscusi (H-V), consisting of all known punitive damages awards in excess of $100 million from 1985 through 2003. It shows that a strong, statistically significant relation exists between punitive and compensatory awards, a relation that replicates similar findings in nearly all other analyses of punitive and compensatory damages. H-V's claim that no significant relation exists between punitive and compensatory awards in these data appears to be an artifact of questionable regression methodology.
Eisenberg, Theodore and Wells, Martin T., "Significant Association Between Punitive and Compensatory Damages in Blockbuster Cases: A Methodological Primer" (2006). Cornell Law Faculty Publications. Paper 361.
Published in: Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, vol. 3, issue 1 (March 2006).