Recent tort reform debates have been hindered by a lack of knowledge of how jurors assess damages. Two studies investigated whether jurors are able to appropriately compartmentalize compensatory and punitive damages.
This report provides the technical details of an Institute for Civil Justice analysis of trends and patterns in punitive damage awards in financial injury cases in selected jurisdictions during the period 1985 through 1994.
To provide an empirical basis for the ongoing debate about punitive damages, the authors drew on the ICJ's jury verdict database to conduct the first close analysis of trends and patterns in punitive awards for financial injuries.
This report is the executive summary of an Institute for Civil Justice analysis of trends and patterns in punitive damage awards in financial injury cases in selected jurisdictions during the period 1985 through 1994.
Evidence that juries treat corporate defendants less favorably than individual defendants is often cited in support of the widely held view that juries are biased against wealthy "deep-pocket" defendants.
Stephen Salant's analysis of multiple damages for private antitrust suits ("Treble Damage Awards in Private Lawsuits for Price Fixing," Journal of Political Economy, December 1987) is generalized. The neutrality result that multiple damages do not af...
Advocates the use of systematic empirical research on civil jury behavior as an important tool in the policymaking process. The author discusses the methods that have been used for studying jury behavior,...
Based on cases that reached jury verdict in Cook County, Illinois, and San Francisco, California, from 1960 to 1984, this report presents analytically derived answers to questions surrounding the award of punitive damages.