A general contractor and his subcontractor schemed individually or collectively to defraud the owner? The design program was changed without authorization by the GC. The end result was the rationing of materials to increase the profits of both the GC and Sub. Have upcoming arbitration against the GC only.
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Of course if you're serous about trying to get punitive damages, which are difficult to get, you need a lawyer.
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Consumer Protection Attorney
There are several ways. First, you can go to the court's in your area and look through the records. Some courts are on line and you can look there. Second, you can talk to lawyers in your area and ask if they know of any punitive damage awards. Third, you can search actual case law. There are several websites that provide case law though it will cost some money. Fourth, there are services that track verdicts. One is Jury Verdict Research. You can put in parameters and get results that way. Good luck.
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International Law Attorney
Try using Google: "punitive damages" fraud California
However, it sounds like you have a contractual dispute and if the amount is signifacent you are better served by consulting with counsel.
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