Re: intercept student emails without their notification or consent
When asking for damages you ask for a large amount - this is not recovering a loss, this is punishment for an entity taking something they had no right to do.
You can't imprison a company, and the only thing the company as a whole cares about is money.
If found to have caused the damage, the the judges hearing the case will decide how much is due - if anything.
The judges are permitted to say "Yes, you breached the contract and damaged the plaintiff. The sum of damages is zero and costs are not awarded."
- This is rare as it's basically telling the plaintiff that they shouldn't have bothered with legal action over something trivial, and lawyers are supposed to dissuade clients from doing that.