quotient verdict

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an improper and unacceptable kind of compromise verdict

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According to the Comment note: Quotient Verdicts, (9) it is this advance agreement--not the process of averaging itself--that renders the quotient verdict invalid:
[T]hese objectives are defeated by the use of a quotient verdict, since the jurors, without knowing in advance what the quotient will be, agree to be bound by it and to foreclose the opportunity for further discussion and for comparison and evaluation of individual jurors' positions.
This was found to be insufficient proof of a quotient verdict because it was not proof of an advance agreement by the jury to be bound to the averaged amount as its verdict.
Some cases lend themselves to the possibility of a quotient verdict more than others--the catastrophic personal injury case with expected high damages, or multiple-defendant cases, which require careful attention to each defendant's percentage of liability, or difficult cases which a jury may simply not understand.
(15) Therefore, even if you believe that the court will reject the "quotient verdict series," you must tender it in writing and later make specific objections to the instructions given in order to after preserve the issue for later review.
Certainly, if you have evidence of a quotient verdict and the court refused to instruct the jury on this issue, you will have a strong argument for a new trial on the basis of an improperly instructed jury if the issues are preserved in the record.
(16) You must therefore attack the quotient verdict in your post-trial motion if you discover that a quotient agreement led to the verdict.