The International Legal Dimension
Edited by Günther Handl and Kristoffer Svendsen
Chapter 8: Punitive damages
Punitive damages are awarded in the United States less often, and in smaller amounts, than is popularly imagined. This chapter shows that very few incidents in offshore oil and gas exploration and production could lead to an award of punitive damages in the United States. Punitive damages would not be available for pollution damage claims, or for personal injury or death claims brought by or on behalf of seafarers, or for claims brought by workers on fixed platforms against their employers. Punitive damages would most probably not be available in relation to similar incidents in other common law countries and would definitely not be available in civil law countries.
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