I was flying on an airline that destroyed my suitcase’s contents, valued at $300. The airline has not reimbursed me, due to incompetency and disorganization rather than a formal policy or actual decision. I want to sue them, to alert them that they can’t just push people around like this, and cause them to have to answer to a complaint so they learn a lesson. Is there any legal theory that would entitle me to more than the $300 actual damages? For example, is there a consumer protection law that requires the airline to pay the government a fine if I can prove that they are evading their legal obligations to compensate for damages sustained? Is there a law that lets me collect more than damages in a negligence suit?
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