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PUNITIVE DAMAGES - HOWARD ROSS V. SHAULI ROSEN-RAGER AND RENE ROSEN RAGER

In Howard Ross v. Shauli Rosen-Rager and Rene Rosen Rager, [Ms. 1080721, August 27, 2010] ___So.3d___ (Ala. 2010), the Supreme Court of Alabama affirmed a partial summary judgment awarding Rosen-Rager compensatory damages arising out of the purchase of tax sale property and Ross's subsequent trespass. However, the Supreme Court remitted the punitive damages awarded in a later jury trial from $350,000 to $120,000. The Court reasoned that, in the absence of personal injury, a $120,000 punitive damage award is sufficient to punish Ross and deter further similar conduct.

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