Tennessee jury verdicts were down substantially in 2010-11, according to data released by the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts.
Total damages awarded in tort cases in state court were only $32,051,326, down by a little over 60% from a year earlier, when the total damages awarded was over $91,000,000. These numbers include jury and non-jury cases.
The average verdict or judgment was $168,691, down over 600% from a year earlier, when the average verdict was over $400,000. The average verdict includes only those trials in which the fact-finder returned an award of money damages. It does not include defense or no-money awards.