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By Cass R. Sunstein

Over the prior twenty years, the USA has visible a dramatic bring up within the quantity and value of punitive damages verdicts rendered by means of juries in civil trials. essentially the most amazing instance is the July 2000 award of $144.8 billion within the Florida classification motion lawsuit introduced opposed to cigarette brands. Or give some thought to contemporary verdicts opposed to the car producer BMW in Alabama. In exact situations, argued within the comparable court docket prior to a similar pass judgement on, one jury presented $4 million in punitive damages, whereas the opposite offered no punitive damages in any respect. In instances concerning injuries, civil rights, and the surroundings, multimillion-dollar punitive awards were a topic of excessive controversy.

But how do juries truly make judgements approximately punitive damages? to determine, the authors-experts in psychology, economics, and the law-present the result of managed experiments with greater than six hundred mock juries related to the responses of greater than 8,000 jury-eligible voters. even though juries tended to agree of their ethical judgments concerning the defendant's behavior, they rendered erratic and unpredictable greenback awards. The experiments additionally confirmed that rather than moderating juror verdicts, the method of jury deliberation produced a outstanding "severity shift" towards ever-higher awards. Jurors additionally tended to disregard directions from the judges; have been prompted via no matter what volume the plaintiff occurred to request; confirmed "hindsight bias," believing that what occurred must have been foreseen; and penalized organisations that had dependent their judgements on cautious cost-benefit analyses. whereas judges made some of the comparable error, they played larger in a few components, suggesting that judges (or different experts) could be greater built than juries to choose punitive damages.

Using a wealth of recent experimental info, and supplying a number of provocative findings, this booklet records quite a lot of systematic biases in jury habit. it is going to be quintessential for an individual not just in punitive damages, but additionally jury habit, psychology, and the way humans take into consideration punishment.

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