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ARGUING THE REASON FOR A VERDICT OF DAMAGES

ARGUING THE REASON FOR A VERDICT OF DAMAGES

The question of how to  argue the concept of damages is an important issue. The jury must understand the basis of a dollar verdict in addition to suggesting a dollar figure. Jurors tend to want to pay the bills and not provide any other money. We have to explain why that is not  doing justice. Here’s a brief idea of one way of approaching the problem, based in part on David Ball’s concepts: 1.  YOU EVALUATE HARM BY THREE FACTORS: (1)  HOW BAD IS IT?…

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BREVITY IS THE SOUL OF WIT FOR TRIAL LAWYERS

BREVITY IS THE SOUL OF WIT FOR TRIAL LAWYERS

“Brevity is the soul of wit”                      Shakespeare Hamlet Long before Shakespeare the importance of brevity in communication had been noted. Horace in 65 BC wrote “Unless you are brief, our complete plan of thought will seldom be grasped. Before you reach the conclusion, the reader or listener has forgotten the beginning and the middle.”  In spite of the wisdom of history, walk into any courtroom and listen to the typical lawyer asking questions of a witness or arguing to a…

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