Information underload – Financial experts can make, or break, the case for punitive damages
Abstract: Attorneys often are reluctant to put their financial experts on the witness stand. But failing to use a CPA to provide jurors with the information and context they need to make a fair punitive damages award can backfire. As this article explains, CPAs can strengthen cases for or against punitive damages. Among other things, these experts can explain to a jury the defendant’s financial position, analyze any gains the defendant enjoyed because of the allegedly wrongful conduct, and break down and clarify financial statements.