judgment as a matter of law

judgment as a matter of law

A judgment rendered during a jury trial ¡ª either before or after the jury’s verdict ¡ª against a party on a given issue when there is no legally sufficient basis for a jury to find for that party on that issue.

? In federal practice, the term judgment as a matter of law has replaced both the directed verdict and the judgment notwithstanding the verdict. Fed. R. Civ. P. 50. Cf. SUMMARY JUDGMENT. [Cases: Federal Civil Procedure 2111, 2601; Judgment 199; Trial 167. C.J.S. Judgments ¡ì¡ì 62¨C68, 70; Trial ¡ì¡ì 432¨C433, 437¨C438.]


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