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Kemezy v. Peters
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
79 F.3d 33 (7th Cir. 1996)
Jeffrey Kemezy (plaintiff) was involved in an altercation with James Peters (defendant), a police officer, when Peters was moonlighting as a security guard at a bowling alley. Kemezy brought suit against Peters, claiming he suffered damages when Peters wantonly beat him during the altercation. The jury awarded Kemezy $10,000 in compensatory damages and $20,000 in punitive damages. Peters appealed the award of punitive damages on the ground that Kemezy failed to introduce evidence of Peters’ net worth for the purpose of assisting the jury in justly measuring the award of punitive damages.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Posner, C.J.)
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