Anatomy of a Shock Verdict
by: E. Stratton Horres Jr. , Sean M. McDonough of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP  -  Litigation Download – A Wilson Elser Podcast
Sunday, June 18, 2023
trucking lawsuits that lead to shocking verdicts

While no industry has escaped the disastrous trend toward shock verdicts, transportation companies have been especially hard hit by these excessive awards. A shock verdict is disproportionate to the injuries or evidence presented at trial, and it may be the result of a jury prejudiced against the defendant or swayed by emotionally draining evidence. 

On this episode of the Litigation Download Podcast, host Stratton Horres talks with Wilson Elser Transportation Practice co-chair Sean McDonough about his experience with a shock verdict for his trucking client years ago, and how the Reptile Theory was a dominant theme in the plaintiff counsel’s strategy. Stratton and Sean will discuss lessons learned and practical strategies defense counsel can use to prevent or minimize shock verdicts.


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