nominal damages


nominal damages
An award to which the plaintiff is entitled, although he gives no evidence of any particular amount of loss, because the law infers damage from the breach of an agreement or the invasion of a right. Ferreira v Honolulu Star Bulletin Ltd. 44 Hawaii 567, 356 P2d 651, reh den 44 Hawaii 581, 357 P2d 112. Damages recoverable where a legal right is to be vindicated against an invasion that has produced no actual present loss of any kind or where, from the nature of the case, some compensable injury has been shown but the amount of that injury has not been proved. 22 Am J2d Damg § 5.

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