A step above anecdote: A profile of the civil jury in the 1990s.

Ostrom, B. J., Rottman, D. B., & Goerdt, J. A. (1996). A step above anecdote: A profile of the civil jury in the 1990s. Judicature, 79, 233-241.

Overall win rate near 50%, considerable variation by case type and jurisdiction, slight variation by litigant status (somewhat higher vs. business for selected case types). Jury verdicts accounted for 2.7% of tort dispositions; individual versus individual most common litigant status, auto accidents and premises liability most common case types. Median awards modest in size but 3 x larger when defendant was business. Mean award almost 9 x larger than median on average. Punitive damages awarded in 6% of plaintiff victories, usually modest in size, most likely in contract cases (13%).

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