by Michael Fox
The huge sigh of relief coming from Broward County earlier this month didn't have anything to do with this year's so far relatively mild hurricane season, but from UPS after a judge granted its motion for a new trial in a workers compensation retaliation case. In late May, a jury awarded over $6 million following 3 hours of deliberations. See the story here. That result must have been influenced by "passion or prejudice" according to the judge. My initial report was here.
More often than plaintiffs would like, large jury verdicts are cut down or are reversed -- which doesn't change the lessons to be learned from how juries can react to situations that probably did not look all that bad viewed only from an employer's perspective.