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Vol 23 No 1 Jan/Feb 2018

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Determining Damages 1st. ed

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Edie GreeneUniversity of Colorado, USA, Brian H. BornsteinUniversity of Nebraska, USA

ISBN13: 9781557989741
ISBN: 1557989745
Published: January 2003
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Format: Hardback
Price: £33.50

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""Determining Damages"" examines whether jurors are able to assess damages in a fair and predictable manner. Jury decisions about damages have been deemed biased, capricious, unreliable, hostile to corporate defendants, excessively generous, and out of control. In this book, the authors provide an empirical analysis of the ways that jurors and juries determine damage awards. A theme that pervades the book is that in many respects, jurors charged with the complex task of compensating the injured and punishing the wrongdoers do a commendable job of it. When jury decisions diverge from what we expect, the difficulty of the decision-making context may be at least as much to blame as any moral or intellectual failings on the individual jurors. The authors discuss the factors that influence damage assessment, such as the identity of the plaintiff, defendant and jurors themselves; the severity and nature of the injury; and the conduct of the litigants. They also examine the different reasoning processes that jurors use to determine what they believe are just awards. The book culminates with a discussion that considers whether or not the American jury system should be reformed.

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Introduction; Characterizing Jury Damage Awards; The Issue of Identity: How Plaintiffs', Defendants', and Jurors' Characteristics Influence Damage Award Decisions; Who is the Plaintiff?; Who is the Defendant?; Who are the Jurors?; The Evidence: How Injury Severity and Litigants' Conduct Influence Damage Award Decisions; The Severity and Nature of the Injury; The Litigants' Conduct; Decision Processes and Reforms: How Jurors Reason About Damages and how Damage Award Decisions Might be Improved; How Jurors Reason About Damages; Reforming Damage Award Decision Making; Final Remarks and Recommendations