Goal Conflict in Juror Assessments of Compensatory and Punitive Damages

  title={Goal Conflict in Juror Assessments of Compensatory and Punitive Damages},
  author={Michelle Chernikoff Anderson and Robert J MacCoun},
Recent tort reform debates have been hindered by a lack of knowledge of how jurors assess damages. Two studies investigated whether jurors are able to appropriately compartmentalize compensatory and punitive damages. In Study 1, mock jurors read a trial summary and were asked to assess compensatory and punitive damages in one of three conditions: (a) compensatory damages only, (b) punitive damages for the plaintiff, or (c) punitive damages for the state treasury. Results suggest that jurors who… CONTINUE READING

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