TGIF: Why Juries Love To Start The Weekend With A Verdict

By Cara Salvatore (May 12, 2022, 5:37 PM EDT) -- On a recent Friday afternoon, a Manhattan federal jury cleared a former Nomura trader of fraud. About an hour later, another jury in Delaware likewise wrapped up its deliberations and ruled that Illumina owed a rival company $334 million for infringing DNA-sequencing patents.

There's little quantitative research available on the phenomenon of the Friday verdict — how often it happens, in what types of case, after how many hours of deliberations, or whether those averages differ from verdicts on other days of the week.

But trial lawyers say they often find themselves bracing for a jury note as the clock ticks...

Stay ahead of the curve

In the legal profession, information is the key to success. You have to know what’s happening with clients, competitors, practice areas, and industries. Law360 provides the intelligence you need to remain an expert and beat the competition.

  • Access to case data within articles (numbers, filings, courts, nature of suit, and more.)
  • Access to attached documents such as briefs, petitions, complaints, decisions, motions, etc.
  • Create custom alerts for specific article and case topics and so much more!


Hello! I'm Law360's automated support bot.

How can I help you today?

For example, you can type:
  • I forgot my password
  • I took a free trial but didn't get a verification email
  • How do I sign up for a newsletter?
Ask a question!