Jury Verdict Summaries from the National Association of State Jury Verdict Publishers

Below is a statistical analysis prepared by Verdict Reporter Inc. (St. Louis, MO) comparing the number of cases tried, rate of recovery for plaintiffs, average verdicts, and total damages awarded in St. Louis County with those in St. Louis City during 1993 and 1994. According to the Rand Institute of Civil Justice, these venues are described as follows:

St. Louis City is a medium-sized city with a quickly shrinking ethnically diverse population. Median household income in 1989: $19,000 per year.

St. Louis County is a medium-sized urban and suburban county with a slowly shrinking, predominantly white population. It includes the metropolitan area surrounding the City of St. Louis. Median household income in 1989: $38,000 per year.

ST. LOUIS CITY (1993)
 
Total number of cases tried: 161
Total verdicts for defendant: 59
Total verdicts for plaintiff: 102 (Rate of recovery 63%)
Hung jury or unknown verdict: 0
Average verdict for plaintiff: $288,761 excluding verdict of $78,750,000
Total damages awarded: $29,164,863 excluding verdict of $78,750,000
 
Automobile
Total number of cases tried: 65
Total verdicts for defendant: 17
Total verdicts for plaintiff: 48
Average verdict for plaintiff: $50,317 excluding verdict of $78,750,000
Total damages awarded: $2,314,598 excluding verdict of $78,750,000
 
Premises Liability
Total number of cases tried: 27
Total verdicts for defendant: 11
Total verdicts for plaintiff: 16
Average verdict for plaintiff: $116,363 excluding verdict of $3,000,000
Total damages awarded: $1,745,453 excluding verdict of $3,000,000
 
Medical Malpractice
Total number of cases tried: 23
Total verdicts for defendant: 11
Total verdicts for plaintiff: 12
Average verdict for plaintiff: $530,641
Total damages awarded: $6,367,694
 
Product Liability
Total number of cases tried: 15
Total verdicts for defendant: 9
Total verdicts for plaintiff: 6
Average verdict for plaintiff: $1,382,333
Total damages awarded: $8,294,000
 
ST. LOUIS COUNTY (1993)
 
Total number of cases tried: 200
Total verdicts for defendant: 81
Total verdicts for plaintiff: 96 (Rate of recovery 54%)
Hung jury (1); condemnation (19); declaratory judgment (3)
Average verdict for plaintiff: $111,866
Total damages awarded: $43,414,506
 
Automobile
Total number of cases tried: 62
Total verdicts for defendant: 23
Total verdicts for plaintiff: 39
Average verdict for plaintiff: $27,397
Total damages awarded: $1,068,490
 
Premises Liability
Total number of cases tried: 23
Total verdicts for defendant: 12
Total verdicts for plaintiff: 11
Average verdict for plaintiff: $55,054
Total damages awarded: $605,600
 
Medical Malpractice
Total number of cases tried: 16
Total verdicts for defendant: 15
Total verdicts for plaintiff: 0 (1 case percentage of damages only trial issue)
Average verdict for plaintiff: $0
Total damages awarded: $0
 
ST. LOUIS CITY (1994)
 
Total number of cases tried: 227 (excluding 2 condemnation cases)
Total verdicts for defendant: 95
Total verdicts for plaintiff: 129 (Rate of recovery 58%)
Hung jury (2); unknown verdict (1)
Average verdict for plaintiff: $347,579
Total damages awarded: $44,837,755
 
Automobile
Total number of cases tried: 85
Total verdicts for defendant: 33
Total verdicts for plaintiff: 52
Average verdict for plaintiff: $65,722 excluding verdict of $1,940,000
Total damages awarded: $3,286,112 excluding verdict of $1,940,000
 
Premises Liability
Total number of cases tried: 39
Total verdicts for defendant: 17
Total verdicts for plaintiff: 22
Average verdict for plaintiff: $119,650 excluding verdict of $2,700,000
Total damages awarded: $2,512,666 excluding verdict of $2,700,000
 
Medical Malpractice
Total number of cases tried: 24
Total verdicts for defendant: 15
Total verdicts for plaintiff: 8
Hung jury (1)
Average verdict for plaintiff: $451,813
Total damages awarded: $3,614,510
 
Product Liability
Total number of cases tried: 12
Total verdicts for defendant: 9
Total verdicts for plaintiff: 3
Average verdict for plaintiff: $3,166,666
Total damages awarded: $9,500,000
 
ST. LOUIS COUNTY (1994)
 
Total number of cases tried: 182
Total verdicts for defendant: 81
Total verdicts for plaintiff: 85 (Rate of recovery 51%)
Condemnation (15); will contest (1)
Average verdict for plaintiff: $129,138
Total damages awarded: $10,976,750
 
Automobile
Total number of cases tried: 61
Total verdicts for defendant: 30
Total verdicts for plaintiff: 31
Average verdict for plaintiff: $34,987
Total damages awarded: $1,084,627
 
Premises Liability
Total number of cases tried: 26
Total verdicts for defendant: 17
Total verdicts for plaintiff: 9
Average verdict for plaintiff: $19,666
Total damages awarded: $177,000
 
Medical Malpractice
Total number of cases tried: 18
Total verdicts for defendant: 12
Total verdicts for plaintiff: 6
Average verdict for plaintiff: $439,083
Total damages awarded: $2,634,500

Please direct all inquiries concerning the above analysis to Verdict Reporter Inc., 2440 S. Brentwood (Suite 102), St. Louis MO 63144. Telephone (314) 962-7500, Fax (314) 962-6864, or e-mail to Beth Lewandowski at blewa@stlnet.com.

[ NASJVP Index ]

©1998 NASJVP. All rights reserved. The material you receive on-line from NASJVP and its members is protected by the copyright laws of the United States. The copyright laws prohibit any copying, redistributing, or retransmitting of any copyright-protected material.