Can a defendant's financial means be taken into account in determining the size of a punitive damages award?

British Columbia, Canada


The following excerpt is from Caravel Management Corp. v. Roberts, 2014 BCSC 1419 (CanLII):

As conceded by the plaintiff, a defendant’s financial means can be taken into account in determining the size of a punitive damages award, including limits on those means: see for example Fung v. Lu (1997), 9 C.P.C. (4th) 81 (B.C.S.C.) at para. 14.

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