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New 2nd Dept Appellate Decision May Mean More Unified Trials

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In a recent decision by the Second Department of the New York Appellate Division, the court unanimously ruled against the presumption that personal injury trials should be bifurcated. This is a reversal from prior precedent, which stated that personal injury trials should be bifurcated, which means splitting up the case into two parts: the liability phase, and the damages phase. However, this does bring it more in line with other Departments around the state, which have been moving away from the presumption of a bifurcated trial for some time.

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