Punitive Damages: How Juries Decide / Edition 2

Punitive Damages: How Juries Decide / Edition 2

by Cass R. Sunstein, Reid Hastie, John W. Payne, David A. Schkade
     
 


Over the past two decades, the United States has seen a dramatic increase in the number and magnitude of punitive damages verdicts rendered by juries in civil trials. But how do juries actually make decisions about punitive damages? To find out, the authors-specialists in psychology, economics, and the law-present the results of controlled experiments with over… See more details below

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Over the past two decades, the United States has seen a dramatic increase in the number and magnitude of punitive damages verdicts rendered by juries in civil trials. But how do juries actually make decisions about punitive damages? To find out, the authors-specialists in psychology, economics, and the law-present the results of controlled experiments with over 600 mock juries involving the responses of more than 8,000 jury-eligible citizens.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226780153
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Edition description:
1
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknoweldgments
Introduction
The Problem and Efforts to Understand It
1 Overview: What We Did and What We Found
Part I: How Juries Think
A From Outrage to Dollars
Introduction
2 Shared Outrage, Erractic Awards
3 Deliberating about Dollars: The Severity Shift
4 Do Plaintiffs' Request and Plaintiffs' Identities Matter?
B To Punish or Not?
Introduction
5 Judging Corporate Recklessness
6 Looking Backward in Punitive Judgments: 20-20 Vision?
C Jurors and Judges as Risk Managers
Introduction
7 Corporate Risk Analysis: A Reckless Act?
8 Do People Want Optimal Detterence?
9 Detterence Instructions: What Jurors Won't Do
10 Judging Risk and Reckelssness
11 Do Judges Do Better?
Part II: Conclusions
12 Putting It All Together
13 What Should Be Done?
Appendix: Judge's Instructions
Glossary
Bibliography
List of Contributors
Index

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