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Defenant Appeals Jury Verdict


In this case, Scott H. See Jr. is the appellant. Baltic Estates, Inc. are the respondents.


A New York Probate Lawyer said this case involves the recovery of damages for personal injuries. There was another action that was tied to this one, but the two were eventually consolidated. With the limitations involved in his brief, the plaintiff makes an appeal against an order issued by the Supreme Court of Dutchess County which was entered in July of 2008. This order denied a motion that the appellant made which moved for the dismissal of a verdict reached by a jury. The conclusion reached by the jury had been on the side of the defendant in regards to the liability in the case. The appellant contends that the majority of the evidence should have lead the jury to rule in his favor instead of falling on the side of the defendant, which he feels is grounds for a new trial. By the same token, he appeals against the judgment made by the court on February 24th, 2009. This ruling was also in favor of the defendant.


The appeal against the order issued as a result of the jury verdict was dismissed. The appeal against the other order passed by the same court at a later date was also dismissed, and the ruling of the original judgement affirmed in any aspect that was appealed against by the appellant.

Further, a single bill of costs is awarded to the respondent. Brooklyn Probate Lawyer said the reason that this appeal has to be dismissed is because no right of direct appeal exists for the appellant. Once the judgment from the original action was entered, the direct right of appeal no longer applied.

Also, the only reason that a jury verdict should be dismissed is if the verdict they reached appears to be impossible. That is to say, that if any fair and reasonable interpretation of the evidence put before a jury can indicate the reasoning of their ruling, then the verdict should never be set aside. Going against a jury verdict simply because someone argues that the majority of the evidence seemed to be on their side is a more complicated matter.

Basically, the jury in this case was presented with two separate versions of events. These events both claimed to be factual in nature, but were in conflict with each other on several points. This means that the only way for the jury to reach a verdict is to interpret the data given to them as best they can. As long as they do this in a fair manner, the ruling should be upheld.

Therefore, Long Island Probate Lawyers said that the plaintiff’s movement that, pursuant to CPLR 4404(a), the jury verdict that ruled in the favor of the original defendant should be set aside because most of the evidence presented at the original hearing favored the plaintiff has to be denied on these grounds.

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