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Plaintiffs Winning Less Often, but Recovering More When They Do

Depending upon whom you represent, there's good news and bad news for employment lawyers. As I posted here last week, fewer plaintiffs -- indeed, just a scant 15 percent -- prevail in federal employment cases. However, as Jonathan Hyman of the Ohio Employment Law Blog shares today, those plaintiffs who do manage to win are recovering bigger verdicts. Citing Mark Toth of Manpower Employment Blawg, Hyman notes that "the median discrimination verdicts rose from $147,500 in 2006 to $252,000 in 2007, an astounding 70% increase." But Hyman isn't so sure that the increases will last. Tough economic times will bring more cases, but jurors who face their own economic hardship may not feel as generous, he speculates.   

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on September 25, 2008 at 12:57 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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