Legal Question in Insurance Law in California

I'm settling a case outside the court and without involving lawyers, is it legally permissible to ask for punitive damages in the friendly agreement contract?

Asked on 2/22/13, 12:00 pm

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2 Answers from Attorneys

Robert Kubler The Kubler Law Firm

Wait, this is redundant; you want punitive damages in a "friendly agreement." Punitive damages are to punish the person for what they did, hence the name punitive; there is nothing friendly about it. No rational person settling a possible case is going to agree to that. You may get your actual damages but if you want punitive damages get a lawyer and sue in Court.

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Answered on 2/22/13, 12:10 pm

Timothy McCormick Libris Solutions - Dispute Resolution Services

You can legally ask for anything you want, but there is nothing friendly about punitive damages.

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Answered on 2/22/13, 1:33 pm

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