John H. Wilson, a judge in Brooklyn Criminal Court, writes that in 2011, the Texas Court of Appeals reinterpreted 120 years of settled law and allowed the recovery of damages for the sentimental value of a pet, following a line of cases in which "the Texas Supreme Court has repeatedly held that where personal property had little or no market value, damages can be awarded based upon the intrinsic or sentimental value of the personal property."
Every Dog Will Have Its Day: Damages for Loss of a Pet
New York Law Journal
July 9, 2012
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