NJ Ruling May Widen Exposure To Excessive Jury Awards

Law360, New York (September 23, 2016, 10:27 PM EDT) -- A recent New Jersey Supreme Court decision that judges considering motions to modify jury awards should rely on the specific facts of a case as opposed to past verdicts leaves defendants vulnerable to arbitrarily determined, and possibly excessive, damage payouts, experts say.

In a unanimous Sept. 19 decision, the justices upheld a trial judge’s refusal to reduce a $1.4 million emotional distress award to two former Wentworth Property Management Group executives in a racial discrimination case. The high court said the judge rightly relied on testimony and observations of the jury in the specific case, rather than on her own judicial...

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