Contemptuous (derisory) damages

Filed Under: Remedies; Torts

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A monetary remedy in the smallest denomination to indicate that a tort has been technically committed but, in the opinion of the judge, the action should not have been brought because the plaintiff has suffered no real loss. It is usually applicable only in defamation actions.

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