Thursday, January 23, 2014
When good juries go bad.
Juries usually get it right, but not always. As long as a jury verdict is within the range of conclusions a reasonable jury could make, a judge will not overturn the decision. If a jury verdict is not one a reasonable jury would make, the judge can override the jury. That is what happened in the Madden NFL video game lawsuit discussed last year. The jury awarded the video game designer millions of dollars in damages, but the judge overturned the verdict because there was not sufficient evidence for the verdict.