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Quotient Verdicts, Juries

In civil cases in Missouri, verdicts generally require nine of twelve jurors — and the verdict must be based on a preponderance of the evidence. This is in contrast to criminal jury verdicts which require unanimity — and a conclusion that the defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. In civil cases, quotient verdicts are […]

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Inadequate Jury Verdicts, Requests for New Trial

Even after a jury’s verdict is entered, a case may not be over. The Court may sometimes order a new trial. One basis for a new trial is if a jury verdict is inadequate based on the facts and circumstances of the case. A trial court’s decision to order a new trial based on a […]

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Remittitur — Monetary Jury Verdicts

Remittitur refers to a Court’s ability to reduce the amount of a monetary jury verdict. The assessment of money damages is primarily the function of the jury.¬†Scott v. Blue Springs Ford Sales, Inc., 215 S.W.3d 145, 180 (Mo. Ct. App. 2006). However, Courts can, in an exercise of remittitur, reduce the amount of a damages […]

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