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Jury Instructions on Damages in Tort Actions
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Deprivation of Constitutional or Civil Rights


Ronald W. Eades

Chapter Summary


In the event that the defendant is found liable in cases involving allegations of deprivation of constitutional or civil rights, it is important for lawyers to provide the court with precise jury instructions explaining the rules for calculating and awarding damages to the plaintiff.

This chapter from Jury Instructions on Damages in Tort Actions provides sample jury instructions for use in tort cases involving allegations of constitutional or civil rights violations.

This chapter includes jury instructions on damages for use in cases involving a student or public employee's alleged denial of due process. This chapter also provides jury instructions explaining damage awards for use in cases in which demonstrators or employees of state institutions have alleged that their first amendment rights have been violated by the state.

In addition, this chapter includes jury instructions explaining the proper measure of damages in the following types of employment discrimination cases: (1) age discrimination; (2) quid pro quo sexual harassment; (3) hostile work environment sexual harassment; (4) mixed motive discrimination cases; and (5) pregnancy discrimination.

Furthermore, this chapter provides jury instructions describing the ordinary measure of damages in housing discrimination cases.

Jury Instructions on Damages in Tort Actions (Matthew Bender) is a valuable resource to help lawyers write jury instructions that spell out a clear statement of the issues, a discussion of the evidence, and an explanation of the principles of a case. It provides recent cases supporting each instruction, including relevant law review articles and annotations to American Law Reports. The instructions relate to such topics as punitive damages, causation, comparative negligence, personal injuries, wrongs involving intangible property, misrepresentations, malpractice, and collateral sources of benefits.


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See Chapter 1 for general jury instructions on compensatory damages awards in tort cases.

See Chapter 2 for jury instructions on punitive damages awards.

See Chapter 3 for jury instructions in cases involving joint tortfeasors.

See Chapter 4 for information on proving causation of damages.

See Chapter 12 for jury instructions on damages awards in cases involving wrongs to interests in personality.

See Chapter 13 for jury instructions involving damages awards for in cases involving misconduct by law enforcement officials. See


See Damages in Tort Actions (Matthew Bender) for in-depth legal and policy analyses of compensatory and punitive damages in personal injury, wrongful death, and property damage cases, plus case annotations to all jurisdictions and examples of illustrative awards and settlements.

See Civil Rights Actions (Matthew Bender) for comprehensive, up-to-date analysis on every aspect of civil rights, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, employment and age discrimination, and privacy issues.

See Employee Rights Litigation: Pleading and Practice (Matthew Bender) for complete coverage of the basic legal standards governing the statutory and common law claims that can be raised on behalf of employees for discriminatory treatment or wrongful discharge, along with checklists, practice pointers, cautions and warnings, citations to significant cases, and a statutory appendix.

See Larson on Employment Discrimination (Matthew Bender) for comprehensive coverage of the law relating to employment discrimination based on race, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, and union membership.

See Employment Litigation Defense Forms (Matthew Bender) for forms on a variety of topics, including corporate disclosure, jury instructions, and summary judgment.
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