Judgments, Verdicts and Settlements

A verdict is typically the outcome of a criminal (and also civil) case. It is typically decided by a jury, unless the parties did not request a jury. A judgement is entered by the judge in the case and includes any orders regarding the judgement. A settlement is a negotiated written resolution dismissing the case in exchange for certain actions or inactions, payments of money, non-disparagement and more. 98% of all cases filed are resolved by way of a settlement.

This section of my blog serves to keep those informed of new sexual harassment cases and how they got resolved and how much. There is no way to predict the outcome of a sexual harassment case. The case reviews are here to attempt to show what consequences may lie ahead for the harasser, and how much was paid to resolve the case. Most settlements are completely confidential, but many are reported. If you have a case that does not mean that you will get what someone else you read about got, it could be more, could be less, could be nothing. There are no crystal balls in sexual harassment law practice.

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Court Decisions

A court decision decides an issue in the case. That decision could be as typical as lawyers asking for more time to complete depositions or file a motion or a reply. But ultimately, especially in federal courts, lengthy decisions covering a multitude of issues as procedural as asking for a 30 day extension to research and file a brief or as ultimate as a decision regarding the entire case and whether it should be heard by a jury or thrown out completely (“motion for summary judgment”).

Courts of Appeals (such as the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals which sits in Cincinnati and covers Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee may then a lower court decision or judgment (such as the United States Northern District of Ohio). The United States Supreme Court has 9 members who hear cases that will have a significant impact on the country and/or many of its inhabitants. A very low percentage of applications to have the U.S. Supreme Court review a case a granted.

The U.S. Supreme Court, the Courts of Appeals (there are 13 of them including the 6th Circuit) and the District Courts all publish their decisions and these decisions are not only new interpretations of law, but also a guidepost for current and future judges and attorneys as to what might succeed and what might fail.

These cases are summarized here for the general public and clients of my law practice. They are all cases in the 6th Circuit and typically will be the current rule of practice. Our reviews are chronologically offered for your interest and, I hope, guidance. Read Now