A Summary of Research Results: Trends and Patterns in Civil Jury Verdicts

by Mark A. Peterson

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This paper was originally presented as testimony before the Subcommittee on Oversight of the United States House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means. It draws on the author's analysis of civil jury verdicts rendered between 1960 and 1979 in Cook County, Illinois, and San Francisco, California. The testimony focuses on trends and patterns over time, and on how the type of liability, nature and circumstances of injury, and characteristics of plaintiffs and defendants affect the outcomes of civil jury trials.

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