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Verdict trends: What’s fueling the rise in jury awards?
The past year saw some of the highest Top Ten Jury Verdicts in recent years, exceeding the previous two years. Are jury verdicts trending higher? How is the prolonged economic downturn affecting juror attitudes, and has any of the public frustration displayed in anti-corporate protests like the Occupy Wall St. movement seeped into jury deliberations? We talked to several experts who spend a lot of time in the courtroom to get their opinions about what juries are responding to. Here are three views of jury trends from a plaintiffs’ personal injury attorney, an employment defense lawyer and a senior jury consultant.