treble damages

Definition

Damages provided for by statute in certain cases; calls for a tripling of the actual damages.

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You need to make sure that you understand how any treble damages might affect you and try to react to them before they hurt.

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Business leaders were astonished to find that they faced treble damages should they be found at fault in a suit of antitrust.

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Mrs Smith was awarded treble damages in Smith versus Doe because the prosecution was able to demonstrate that Mr. John Doe intended to damage her car as an act of road rage.

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