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But that would have to be statutory. Whether one likes it or not, courts are governed by the operation of law, and if I sat in a -- the story that it's all the length of the chancellor's foot, I'm afraid is long since gone. If I sat in a court and said, "Right, well, because you don't take part in the regulatory system, I'm going to award exemplary damages or aggravated damages", then somebody would challenge me and say, "On what principle of law does that operate?" and unless I can point to a statute that permits me to do it -- and that might be the answer. I think there is great force in the point. But unless I can point to a statute that allows me to do it, then it's going to be very difficult.

If I can point to a statute that allows me to do it, I have to have set up that statute. So to some extent, the answer becomes self-defeating of your ultimate aim.

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