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    • The Stigma Enigma: Damages Based on Public Perception of Taint
    • Diminished value caused by a negative perception of a site calls for compensation for the stigma to satisfy the fundamental concept that an injured party must be made whole. A perception of harm may be all that is needed to support an award of stigma damages. But problems arise because the public perception underlying the stigma may be unsubstantiated, unreasonable, and formed in reaction to publicity. Read how courts in Wisconsin and other jurisdictions are handling this "stigma enigma."