Abstract

This paper contributes to the debate about determining the proper procedures for the conversion of damages calculated in foreign currency into U.S. dollars by offering general guidelines applicable to tort claims. The analysis expands beyond the typical discussion of selecting the appropriate conversion date by examining other relevant economic factors such as exchange rate risk allocation, the application of an adequate interest rate for the calculation of pre- and post-judgment interest, and the implications of the currency in which the plaintiff suffers the loss. While aiming at properly and fairly compensating the plaintiff as the essential goal of the law on damages, the general guidelines for damages conversion presented rely more on economic principles than on legal arguments.

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