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regarding the losses (and the calculation thereof) suffered by a victim of a tortious action or omission

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What damages could one claim in a data breach, if the data was not subsequently used fraudulently?

Equifax recently announced they suffered a very large data breach, allegedly affecting almost half of all people in the United States. It's expected that lawsuits against Equifax will be popping up ...
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What can I do if a painter puts paint / plaster in my shampoo bottle?

We have a very mean and short-tempered guy painting our apartment -- it's a several days job. Tonight, I found what appears to be paint or plaster in my shampoo bottle; I twisted off the cap of the ...
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If a good is stolen, does the previous possessor have an indefinite immediate right to possession of that good? (Until it's returned)

To be more specific, the hypothetical scenario is a little more complex. I am also wondering about the remedies that may be awarded. This refers to tort law. Say, A bought an unregistered motorbike in ...
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Is incurring taxes on someone a damage?

Imagine this scenario. Person A owns a investment account managed by broker B. A tries to sell an investment in a tax advantaged way. B maliciously does the transaction wrong, causing A to incur taxes....
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How would a court decide damages when it comes to art?

Recently, there was a man who ate a banana that was part of an art exposition in New York. The piece of art in question featured a banana taped to a wall and was priced at 120,000$. As far as I know, ...
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Can difference in price be damages?

Bob places an online order. The store confirms that the exact thing Bob ordered is in the warehouse and can be shipped immediately, and sends invoice. Bob pays. Several days later the store says that ...
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Negligence by free, informal mail forwarder

Bob from country X (common law) sells online a rather valuable item. He will not ship outside country X. Alice from country Y (civil law) desperately wants the item. Rob from country X, who shares a ...
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Incident with another cyclist, repair costs too expensive

Past week I had a bike incident with another cyclist. The rider in front of me slowed down and when I looked back to confirm no one was behind, he stopped and I hit him. Totally my fault, and no one ...
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What's the purpose of large judgments against a defendant that clearly can't pay?

A few years ago I was on the jury of a civil trial wherein we ruled that the defendant should pay millions of dollars to the plaintiff. They were found guilty in the criminal trial and were not ...
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Damages when third party contractual obligations prevent mitigation

In the SCO v Linux fisco SCO argued: sure, ordinarily we'd mitigate damages by telling the Linux kernel programmers what the infringing code was so the infringing code could be removed, but ...
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Is there a benefit to leaving out a poor defendant from a suit and only suing the rich defendant?

If the poor defendant is sued as well as the rich defendant, could the jury end up assigning too much of the award to the poor defendant? Is that a reason to only sue the rich defendant? Assume that ...
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Is a public establishment liable for insect stings?

If a patron gets stung by, say, a wasp, while seated in a restaurant, can the patron sue the restaurant for pain & damages? Would an allergy to wasp stings make the case stronger? Would it matter ...
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Can ignoring a person on the Internet make me responsible somehow?

A few days ago I got to know a person on a social network. We had a few days of innocuous conversations on WhatsApp, but then they started becoming intrusive and imposing and didn't respect my time. ...
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Is this airline violating the Montreal Convention?

According to the Montreal Convention, I can read the following: Article 17 - 2. The carrier liable for damage sustained in case of destruction or loss of, or of damage to, checked ...
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How does a landlord establish that a tenant is liable for damages?

Suppose landlords are blaming a tenant for a pipe leak hidden behind dry wall that the tenant did not cause and are using it as justification for claiming the whole of a tenant's security deposit plus ...
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Is law enforcement responsible for damages made by a search warrant?

Why do police use a battering ram without first checking the doorknob on a low threat warrant? What if a small child was on the other side of the door and got seriously injured by the battering ram? ...
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Can the plaintiff in a civil case change the requested damages after the defendant has already been served the summons?

I have a very oddly specific situational question; In a civil lawsuit where a plaintiff is attempting to gain a sum of money from the defending party, is the plaintiff and their counsel allowed to ...
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Does filling U.S. postal service business reply envelopes with junk incur any legal peril?

Some companies that send junk mail include a "business reply" envelope. This allows the junk mail recipient to send a "reply" through U.S. mail at the originator's expense. In fact these business ...
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If suing for property damage can I claim for my time spent to replace those items?

I am claiming compensation for property damage due to negligence. I will simply using the money to replace the damaged items. Can I also claim for my reasonable time in replacing the items? For ...
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Can I sue Uber for property damage to my mobility device?

I use a mobility device, an electric mobility scooter, to get around as I am temporarily disabled. While using Uber to attend a medical appointment in the Australian Capital Territory, my mobility ...
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Damages done while in the line of duty?

If a police officer was in pursuit of someone else's car, with their lights and siren on and there was a second police car following the first police car, but they did not have his/her lights, or ...
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Practicalities of suing California-based business from abroad over minor but strong case

Bob, residing outside of the US, has installed a mobile app run by a California-based business and paid a one-year subscription worth under $200. The app happens to have a showstopper bug: basically, ...
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What is the point of filing a case with an absurd damage/loss amount?

In light of recent college admissions scandal, a woman has sued Loughlin and Huffman for $500 billion. Here is a man who filed for $2 undecillion dollars, in case you need to look it up, it is more ...
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Legal Limits for damage reparation

In the 2004 German movie The Edukators, part of the characters motivation revolves around a damage reparation: "Jule is a waitress struggling to pay off a €100,000 debt she incurred a year ago when ...
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Acid attack on garden - perp arrested and charged

My neighbour threw acid over my garden; he has been charged for criminal damage. I was told by a (junior) policeman that I'd need a loss assessor's assessment on the amount of damage before the first ...
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What if persons involved in the accident with the same Insurance company?

I really don't know how to ask this question properly, but this is my situation. Last week, a car rear-ended me while I was waiting to make a left turn, because there was on-coming traffic. It was ...
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Consumer rights for internet contracts - additional costs incured - Germany

I'm located in some EU country. I've bought (as in signed a contract over the internet) a product from a company located in Germany. I've paid the product via bank transfer and got there to retrieve ...
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Can a design freelancer be sued for “potential earnings lost” by a client?

I am a freelance graphic designer working part time We didn’t have a signed contract for any work (my mistake- I only work through friends and family referrals part time). I was making a new ...
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Can I sue the person who posted my private email online?

I reached out to someone who runs a niche website two times about a sad personal matter that fits their niche and after being ignored two times I sent an email where I blew up at the individual for ...
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Can one turn down a settlement offer if it's for more than the amount being claimed?

Suppose Joe is suing Acme Corp for $1000 over damages to his property. After some time, Acme Corp offers a settlement to Joe for $1500, on condition he signs a non-disclosure agreement. Is Joe ...
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Metropolitan District vs HOA in Colorado?

I am looking at purchasing new property in Colorado that is not part of a HOA but is part of a "metropolitan district". I had never heard of these before and tried to do research but they appear to be ...
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Is there duty to mitigate damages by killing and replacing injured animal instead of curing it?

Say somebody ill-treated my animal which I kept as a pet. It got severely injured. To survive, it had to stay at the veterinary for 2 weeks. The bill was 20x times higher than the market price of the ...
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Legality of absolving martial arts class of responsibility if injury or death occurs?

Although people sign a declaration before skydiving, that they are aware they may die, the parachuting center can still be charged for manslaughter if the parachute doesn't open. Does the same ...
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Calif Small claims - HOA approved work that caused water damage to my condo

I believe it is reasonable to place responsibility for a busted waterline with the HOA and roofing contractor. Can I get thoughts from this forum on responsibility? ...or, Where can I research this? ...
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Are damages in civil cases assessed by the judge or the jury?

In common law countries, criminal cases are usually tried by jury, but the judge is responsible for sentencing. Even in the United States, where there is a constitutional right to a criminal trial by ...
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Is the recent Bayer weedkiller damages award a reasonable expectation of the result of future appeals

Bayer through Monsanto was recently ordered to pay 289M USD in damages in the case of one individual who became ill allegedly by way of a weedkiller substance and there are 5000 similar lawsuits. The ...
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Can one reasonably respond to a bogus employer demand letter without a lawyer?

A strange situation has came to me recently. Me and my former employer have not parted on the best of terms, and a few months later, I have received a letter from an attorney representing my former ...
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What monetary award can be received when a bureau is negligent to punishing their officers?

Overview: My partner has been going through a very drawn-out battle against the Portland police, mainly in regards to a single police officer. This officer had used various police resources and ...
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Compensation for custody awaiting trial resulting in acquittal?

I was accused of a crime and held in custody for 8 months then acquitted at court, I missed the first 8 months of my only child's life, and lost both my job and my partner. Could I be entitled to ...
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What is the likelihood that you would win a case of defamation if you cannot prove who sent it?

For example, if I were to have a scorned friend who is seeking my demise and he/she calls my employer and calls me a rapist or accuses me of sexual harassment, would it be effective to sue? Even if ...
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Is overselling breach of contract or mistake?

Where does overselling stand in terms of contract law? Say Bob runs a record store. One day, Pete pops in and asks for a specific rare CD. Bob does not have it but his friend Rob does, and Bob is ...
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Can a person sue for emotional distress as the victim of fraud?

Suppose I am the victim of fraud – e.g., I bought an item on eBay that the seller knew was counterfeit. Would the seller also be liable for damages of the emotional distress caused me by being ...
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Damages for repudiation of contract before the work was commenced

Bob wants to build a greenhouse and a garage on his land. He contracts Matt to build the greenhouse only as Matt does not specialize in building garages. They agree that Matt starts the job in 3 weeks....
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Is it ever illegal to quit a job without warning?

I know 2 weeks notice is customary but not required by law when quitting a job. Is it ever illegal not to give notice? For example could a surgeon quit just before he was supposed to do surgery, or a ...
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Can you be sued for money if your product is released for free?

Say I create a product that I release for free and take no profit in any way. If this product somehow violates the copyrights or trademarks of another company, is there risk of needing to pay for ...
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Catherine Middleton topless pictures ruling - why €100k in damages?

As currently reported in the press, Catherine Middleton (the Duchess of Cambridge) sued the French magazine Closer for publishing topless photos of her sun-bathing, and she and her husband were ...
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What happens if I licensed a contribution to an open source project but it is discovered that I did not have the right to do so?

Suppose I made a patch to Linux kernel. I am supposed to confirm that I own the code. (Forgive me if "own" is not the correct term.) As I understand, this is a specific case of a general concept ...
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Is the Defendant Legally Entitled to an Itemization of the Damages they Are Being Sued For?

I live in California and am being sued by someone in Small Claims court who moved into my apartment for about two months with the intention of becoming a formal 'roommate' but, ultimately, had to ...
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Suing Beyond Expenses in California

In California, I loaned my $6000 car to someone who paid a $500 deposit. If he returned it today, according to the agreement, he would owe $1500 (so he would need to pay $800 more since he once made a ...
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How do people deal with contracts that they suspect didn't exist until after some judgment was made?

This is purely hypothetical, but as a total layman it's gotten my curiosity. Say Person A owns, say, 50% equity in a company. Person B, the plaintiff, is awarded that equity as damages in a lawsuit. ...