|Jottings By An Employer's Lawyer|
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Isn't It Time for Basketball Yet?
The members of the jury remained divided 6-1 on Question No. 4, which deals with whether Thomas will be held personally liable for punitive damages. And since the verdict form instructed the jury to skip Question No. 4 unless it had found in favor of the plaintiff, it was apparent the New York Knicks were headed for a defeat.Although this probably isn't the most significant point for Thomas and his counsel, the reporting indicates the difficulty that the press has in covering trials. I know something about employment law jury trials and I am confused about what exactly is left, because according to the various stories it could be:
The good news (for us, not Thomas and the Knicks) is that it should all be a lot clearer later today as the jury returns to deliberation this morning. Of course it is not unheard of to have such notes spark serious settlement discussions.
Even Knicks basketball, bad as it is, has to be better than this for Thomas and company.
Update: Now it offficially makes it into the million dollar club: Jury awards $11.6 million in Knicks harassment case.