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The growing recognition of the potential downside of a jury trial is causing more general counsel to consider alternative dispute resolution. (Fotolia)

The growing recognition of the potential downside of a jury trial is causing more general counsel to consider alternative dispute resolution. (Fotolia)Are the recent string of massive jury awards affecting how corporate general counsel approach litigation?

Awards such as the $8 billion verdict against Johnson & Johnson for Risperdal — which will be appealed, the company said — and the $2 billion Bayer AG/Monsanto Roundup weed killer verdict, later reduced to $86.7 million, have grabbed headlines. Unexpectedly large awards for injuries sustained in trucking accidents and the like also have made news recently. 

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