Tuesday, March 1, 2005
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.