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First, in your reply, please define punitive damages. Next, in your reply, please discuss whether Payne acted ethically, and whether punitive damages should have been awarded in this case. Punitive damages are defined as a court-ordered ruling used to punish the defendant and are usually ordered on top of monetary/compensatory damages for extra punishment value. They are designed to prevent not only other people from being wronged or hurt by the same action in the future, but to ensure that the defendant won’t commit such harmful actions again. Before punitive damages can be ordered, the court must decide whether the defendant’s actions have any legal precedents and if their actions were intentionally negligent or malicious. In the case of Krysa v. Payne, Emmett Payne did not act ethically because his employee lied to the Krysas and willingly sold them a faulty truck that was beyond repair and was actually two different vehicles

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