The low award of punitive damages is acceptable on these facts, which include the fact that the defendant is dead and no deterrent purpose would be served by a larger award.
The defendant is liable for costs, but not for typewriter ribbons and a new typewriter or for postage. The cost of photocopying is granted. Costs that the plaintiff did not document, allegedly because prison officials lost his records, are not awarded because there were other ways the plaintiff could have obtained documentation of them. He is awarded $1,920.13 in photocopying expenses, since the defendants did not dispute these costs and "the record is thick with motions and responses" that had to be served on court and parties. See: Candelaria v. Coughlin, 181 F.R.D. 278 (S.D.N.Y. 1998).
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|Cite||181 F.R.D. 278 (S.D.N.Y. 1998)|