Trial Partner and Head of the firm’s Civil Litigation Department, Deirdre Taber Kingsbury, just completed a hotly contested jury trial in a case involving damages for interference with an implied easement following the devastation caused by the wildfires in 2017. Initially, the jury came back with a defense verdict for the firm’s client. However, a poll of the jury showed a vote of 6-6 instead of the at least 9-3 required in civil jury trials. The trial judge ordered the jury back to deliberate. After another two days pf deliberations, the jury returned a verdict for the plaintiff in the amount of $15,200. This amount was less than the jurisdictional minimum of $25,000 and less than our pre-trial settlement offer. Plaintiff’s attorneys argued to the jury that their client was entitled to up to $400,000 in damages. Congrats Deidre on another trial victory.