The verdict form does not always receive the attention it deserves. But it is hugely important. This form, typically only a few pages long, is the vehicle by which the jury reaches its decision. If poorly drafted, it can cause jury confusion or require a new trial. But a well-drafted verdict form can provide strategic advantages.
While there is no such thing as a perfect verdict form for all cases, there are ways to evaluate potential benefits and risks. By applying the concepts of specificity, generality and consistency, you can maximize the benefits and minimize the risks.
Click here to read digital version of “A Framework for Drafting Product Liability Forms” written by Bowman and Brooke attorneys Daniel Rock, Patrick Bailey and Trevor Carolan and featured in DRI’s For The Defense.