treble damages

Definition of "treble damages"
  1. A legal penalty that triples the actual damages awarded to the winning party in a lawsuit, usually to punish deliberate or reckless behavior of the losing party
How to use "treble damages" in a sentence
  1. The court awarded her treble damages due to the egregious nature of the defendant’s conduct.
  2. Because of their willful infringement, the company was ordered to pay treble damages.
  3. He appealed the decision, arguing that treble damages were too harsh.

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