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Author Garber, Steven, 1950-

Title Newspaper coverage of automotive product liability verdicts / Steven Garber, Anthony G. Bower.

Published Santa Monica, CA : RAND, 1999.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Law  KN 39 P6 G1 GARB    AVAILABLE
Physical description pages 93-122 : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Series RAND reprints ; 809.
Rand reprints ; 809.
Notes Originally published in: Law and Society Review, v. 33, no. 1.
Responsible unit: Institute for Civil Justice.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 121-122).
Restrictions UNCLASSIFIED.
Summary Media coverage of litigation may affect perceptions and thereby behavior of litigants, judges, juries, legislators and business decisionmakers. Their behavior influences various legal, social, political and economic outcomes. For product liability verdicts during 1983 to 1996 involving automobile manufacturers, the authors examine the amount of coverage in several dozen newspapers. The authors find almost no articles reporting on any of 259 verdicts for the defendant. Econometric analysis focuses on determinants of the amount of coverage of 92 verdicts for plaintiffs, 16 of which include punitive damages. Key determinants include the award amount, the nature of injuries, the vehicle's recall history, and especially the existence of a punitive component of damages regardless of its size.
Notes OCJ99 3009.
Other author Bower, Anthony.
Rand Corporation.
Institute for Civil Justice (U.S.)
Subject Products liability -- Automobiles -- Economic aspects -- United States.
Products liability -- Economic aspects -- United States.
Exemplary damages -- Economic aspects -- United States.
Mass media -- United States.
Other uniform title Law and society review. Vol. 33, No. 1.