Certain statutes require that after the jury has determined the amount of the plaintiff's actual damages, the court must award three times that amount. See, e.g. Cohen v. De La Cruz, 523 U.S. 213 (1998).
Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
Tripling the amount of actual damages to be paid to a prevailing party in a lawsuit. Treble damages are sometimes provided by law in order to punish intentional or willful behavior of the losing party.
Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.
August 19, 2010, 5:26 pm