Tag Archives: jury instructions

Establishing ground rules to help jurors judge your case

Baseball has a strike zone and the infield fly rule, basketball has personal and team fouls, and in the litigation arena there are pre-trial and in-limine rulings. Litigators understand what playing field they are on and which guidelines they are expected to follow. Jurors, on the other hand, know how to behave as spectators but they usually are not given legal instruction – the rules that guide their verdicts – until the end of the case, and that can be devastating to your argument. Trial consultant Richard Gabriel offers some advice to help make sure the jury understands your rules for the case.

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Railroad and maritime lawyers see victory in Supremes ruling

Although the case was closer than expected, attorneys who represent railroad workers are applauding the Supreme Court’s ruling last week that applied a relaxed causation standard to injury claims under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act.

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Relaxed causation standard for railroad worker suits

An injured railroad worker suing under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act need only prove that the railroad company’s negligence played a part – no matter how small – in his injury, the Supreme Court has ruled in a 5-4 decision.

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