Breach of fiduciary duty cases illustrate what damages are all about. Sexual relations between consenting adults are probably not great damages cases and rely heavily on the victim's ability to communicate and the way they do it in front of an audience. Just how vulnerable was the victim is also a critical issue. My damages professor always illustrated the dilemma a jury has to confront by asking us to consider a bad facial injury to a hobo who spends his life down by the train terminal warming his hands over a burn barrel and the same injury to a famous fashion model ~ then he asked us to debate "do you really think a jury of twelve intelligent citizens are going to give the bum the same amount of pain and suffering they give the model?"
Here is the link that sparked this post:
Law.com: Prior Suit May Signal Fate of Cases Against Ga. Megachurch Pastor
Posted by Keith Prater