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What is a "JNOV?"


A: It’s an abbreviation in law for a Latin phrase known as “Judgment non obstante verdicto.”

“What the heck does that mean?” you ask.

Simple. It means at the end of your trial, if a jury awards you money for your injuries, the defense will ask the trial judge to throw out the verdict. He will claim that the verdict is not based on the facts and evidence presented at trial. His argument is that the jury award is inconsistent with what was presented at trial.
It really means 'the judgment is against the weight of the verdict' and is therefore inconsistent.