Trends in Civil Jury Verdicts

New Data from 15 Jurisdictions

by Erik Moller

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This research brief describes work documented in Trends in Civil Jury Verdicts Since 1985 (MR-694-ICJ).

Excerpt: Jury verdicts lie at the heart of the current controversy surrounding the civil justice system. Critics of that system cite high-profile jury verdicts as proof that the system is out of control, and reform efforts at both the state and federal levels seek to limit what juries can do. Support for these reforms is far from unanimous; indeed, some argue that the proposed reforms will discourage legitimate claims from being pursued, thus denying individuals redress for harms when other mechanisms have failed.

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