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Pastor, Church & Law

written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA

Duplicate Verdicts

Volume 4 . Chapter 10 . § 10-17.2
Key point 10-17.2. Juries generally cannot assess monetary damages against two or more organizations for the same wrong. If a jury determines that a personal injury victim has suffered damages of a specified amount, it cannot assess this amount separately against more than one defendant since doing so would result in duplicate verdicts.

Juries generally cannot assess monetary damages against two or more entities for the same wrong. To illustrate, assume that a victim of sexual misconduct sues a church and a denominational agency, and that a jury determines that the victim's damages amounted to $100,000. If the jury then assesses this amount of damages against both the church and denominational agency, it has rendered duplicate verdicts. Such ...

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