Treble damages

Treble damages, in law, is a term that indicates that a statute permits a court to triple the amount of the actual/compensatory damages to be awarded to a prevailing plaintiff. “Treble” simply means “triple” in British English. The phrase “treble damages” survived the change from “treble” to “triple” in American English. Treble damages are a multiple of, and not an addition to, actual damages.

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