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Deterrence As Part Of The Jury Function

Posted by Alvin Wolff | Dec 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

A recent story in the St. Louis Post Dispatch stated that “Bigger Fines Might Help Airlines Focus On Service”.   The article implies that if the government enforced already existing airline safety and service rules by imposing fines on wrongdoing airline companies, that service and safety would improve.

This same principle applies to the civil justice system.    If juries provide verdicts adequately compensating victims, defendants' wrongful conduct will be deterred.    Nothing changes conduct more that a good hit to the pocketbook.

If a jury provides inadequate compensation, the defendant learns nothing.   Conduct rewarded is conduct repeated.

When your child broke a window, would you make him pay to learn something or would you say don't do it again?  Which is more effective?

If juries have the courage to enforce the rules we already have, society will be better off in the long run.    

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Alvin Wolff

Alvin has been in practice for nearly 40 years. During that time, he has handled over 7000 cases and claims and has tried over 100 cases to a jury verdict. Alvin handles all sorts of injury claims, from car crashes, medical malpractice, slip & trip & falls, to dog bites, incorrect prescri...


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