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Editor: Myanna Dellinger
University of South Dakota School of Law

Tuesday, March 1, 2005

Win some, lose some

Plaintiffs who went to trial in metropolitan Kansas City in 2004 won 53 percent of the time, but collected substantial amounts when they did, according to a recent survey.   There were 250 jury trials during that period, and the average plaintiff's verdict was about $1.3 million.  That figure excludes one massive $453 million verdict involving the explosion of a Kansas City Power & Light plant.

Breach of contract and commercial actions were the second-biggest category of trials (there were 65 of them), trailing only car accidents in the total number of claims.

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