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Damage Anchors on Real Juries


Shari Seidman Diamond


Northwestern University, School of Law & American Bar Foundation

Beth Murphy


American Bar Foundation

Mary R. Rose


University of Texas at Austin - Department of Sociology

John B. Meixner


Northwestern University - School of Law; Northwestern University - Department of Psychology

Sept 20, 2011


Abstract:     
Experiments reveal anchoring as a powerful force, even when participants see the anchor as irrelevant. Here, we examine the reactions of real deliberating jurors to attorney damage requests and concessions in 31 cases involving 33 plaintiffs in which the jury awarded damages. Jurors were critical consumers of attorney suggestions. They reacted more negatively to, and were less influenced by, plaintiff ad damnums for pain and suffering than to damage requests in categories grounded in more objective evidence. Deliberations revealed that jurors often perceive plaintiff ad damnums not only as irrelevant, but also as outrageous, impressions reflected in their verdicts. These findings suggest that extreme plaintiff ad damnums, including those without grounding in quantitative evidence from trial, may not exert substantial undue influence.

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Date posted: July 12, 2011 ; Last revised: October 3, 2011

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Diamond, Shari Seidman and Murphy, Beth and Rose, Mary R. and Meixner, John B., Damage Anchors on Real Juries (Sept 20, 2011). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1883861 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1883861

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Shari Seidman Diamond (Contact Author)
Northwestern University, School of Law & American Bar Foundation ( email )
375 E. Chicago Ave
Unit 1505
Chicago, IL 60611
United States
312-503-2040 (Phone)
Beth Murphy
American Bar Foundation ( email )
750 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60611
United States
Mary R. Rose
University of Texas at Austin - Department of Sociology ( email )
Austin, TX 78712
United States
512-232-6336 (Phone)
John B. Meixner
Northwestern University - School of Law ( email )
375 E. Chicago Ave
Unit 1505
Chicago, IL 60611
United States
Northwestern University - Department of Psychology
Evanston, IL
United States
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