This work seeks to provide answers on tort reform where thus far there have mainly been just questions. A number of post-reform studies have demonstrated that tort reform may not have the desired effects. This important work takes an empirical approach to addressing the issues.
At last, here is an empirical volume that addresses head-on the thorny issue of tort reform in the US. Ongoing policy debates regarding tort reform have led both legal analysts and empirical researchers to reevaluate the civil jury's role in meting out civil justice. Some reform advocates have called for removing certain types of more complex cases from the jury's purview; yet much of the policy debate has proceeded in the absence of data on what the effects of such reforms would be. In addressing these issues, this crucial work takes an empirical approach, relying on archival and experimental data. It stands at the vanguard of the debate and provides information relevant to both state and national civil justice systems.
Crisis, What Crisis? Perception and Reality in Civil Justice.- Crisis, What Crisis? Perception and Reality in Civil Justice.- Approaches To Studying Civil Juries.- What's the Story?.- Civil Juries in Ecological Context: Methodological Implications for Research.- What is the Study of Jury Decision Making About and What Should it be About?.- The Relationship between Compensatory and Punitive Damages.- Crossing the Punitive-Compensatory Divide.- The Relation between Punitive and Compensatory Awards: Combining Extreme Data with the Mass of Awards.- Damages as Metaphor: A Commentary.- Medical Injuries And Medical Evidence.- Faking It? Citizen Perceptions of Whiplash Injuries.- Reflections on Juryphobia and Medical Malpractice Reform.- How Juryphobia and Fears of Fraudulent Claims Disserve Medical Malpractice Reform Efforts.- Apologies And Restorative Justice.- Apologies and Civil Justice.- Can We Talk?.- Constructs of Justice: Beyond Civil Litigation.- Signs for the Future of Civil Justice Research.