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Specific Civil Jury Instructions

The following jury instructions are “specific” to certain types of civil cases. This table can be searched Topic, and contains all of the cases where this “specific” instruction was given over the last five years (or longer if no charge was given in the last five years).

Statute Descriptionsort ascending Jury Charges
Witnesses - Testimony of Police Officers
Witness - Opinion Evidence – Expert Witnesses
Willful Violation - Defined
Willful Infringement
Whistleblowers Protection Act - Rhode Island
Whistleblowers Protection Act
Violation of Administrative Rules & Regulations
Unreasonably Dangerous - Defined
Unfair Competition - Elements
Unfair Competition - Damages
Trade Secrets - Reasonable Steps to Preserve Secrecy
Trade Secret - Misappropriation
Trade Secret - Misappropriation - Willful and Malicious
Trade Secret - Damages
Trade Secret - Defined
Tortious Interference with Contracts - Elements
Tortious Interference with Contracts - Damages
Tortious Interference with Contracts - Causation
Tortious Interference - Intentional and Improper Defined
Tortious Interference with Business Relationships - Elements
Tortious Interference - Defenses - Justification
Superintendant - Principal Liability
Substantial Nexus
Special Relationships - Duty to Act for the Protection of Others
Single Incident
Rules of the Road
Rhode Island Wiretap Statute -- Elements
Retaliation Claim
Reasonable Royalty - Timing
Reasonable Royalty - Relevant Factors
Reasonable Royalty - Definition
Reasonable Royalty
Proximate Cause – Preexisting Conditions
Proximate Cause
Protected Action
Product Liability - Failure to Warn
Product Liability - Design Defect
Procedural Instructions
Probable Cause for Arrest
Patent Infringement - Registration System
Patent Infringement - Willful Infringement
Patent Infringement - Use Mode
Patent Infringement - Obviousness: Scope & Content of Prior Art
Patent Infringement - Obviousness: Level of Ordinary Skill in the Art
Patent Infringement - Obviousness: Additional Considerations of Non-Obviousness
Patent Infringement - Obviousness
Patent Infringement - Mode Switching Means, Has Matched & Algorithm
Patent Infringement - Local & Remote Licensee Unique ID Generating Means
Patent Infringement - Licensee Unique ID
Patent Infringement - Invalidity Generally
Patent Infringement - Direct Infringement - Means-Plus-Function Claims
Patent Infringement - Direct Infringement - Literal Infringement
Patent Infringement - Direct Infringement - Generally
Patent Infringement - Direct Infringement - Doctrine of Equivalents
Patent Infringement - Anticipation
Patent Infringement
Occurrence of Undisclosed Risk
Objections by Counsel
Notice of Dangerous or Unsafe Condition On Premises
Nondisclosure of Known Material Risks and Alternatives
Negligent Design and/or Negligent Failure to Warn
Negligence - Violation of Motor Vehicle Laws as Evidence of Negligence
Negligence - Uninsured Motorist Coverage
Negligence - Standard of Care - Medical Service Provider
Negligence - Respondeat Superior - Employer Liability
Negligence - Respondeat Superior
Negligence - Reasonable and Prudent Speed
Negligence - Ordinary Care - Definition
Negligence - Mere Happening of an Accident
Negligence - Manufacturer Not Required to Make Accident-Proof Product
Negligence - Insurance Policy - Uninsured Motorist
Negligence - Hit and Run Vehicle
Negligence - Foreseeability
Negligence - Failure to Obtain Informed Consent
Negligence - Eggshell skull doctrine
Negligence - Duty to Warn - Maritime Case
Negligence - Duty of Driver of Automobile In - tending to Cross Intersection
Negligence - Duty of Care - Medical Provider
Negligence - Duty of Care - Duty to Exercise Professional Skill
Negligence - Duty & Standard of Care
Negligence - Driver of automobile has not duty to anticipate negligence of other drivers
Negligence - Comparative Negligence
Negligence - Breach / Deviation from Duty
Negligence - Automobile owner liable for negligent acts of driver
Nature of the Plaintiff’s Claims
Medical Malpractice
Material - Defined
Malicious Prosecution - Damages - Punitive
Malicious Prosecution
Learned Intermediary Rule
Knowingly - Defined
Jury - Permissible Inference from Party's Failure to Provide Discovery
Jury - Interrogatories
Intentional - Defined
Fraud - Standard of Proof
Fraud - Silence or Nondisclosure as Misrepresentation, Subsequently Acquired Information
Fraud - Silence or Nondisclosure as Misrepresentation, Incomplete Disclosures, Half-Truths
Fraud - Silence or Nondisclosure as Misrepresentation
Fraud - Respondeat Superior Liability
Fraud - Reasonable Reliance Defined
Fraud - Reasonable Reliance - Nondisclosures
Fraud - Plaintiff Has No Duty to Investigate
Fraud - Misrepresentation of Intention or Promise
Fraud - Misrepresentation Defined
Fraud - Material Fact Defined
Fraud - Material Fact - Nondisclosure
Fraud - Knowledge of Agent Imputable to Principal
Fraud - Elements
Fraud - Election of Remedies
Fraud - Defined
Fraud - Damages - Bonus Compensation Defined
Fraud - Damages - Benefit of the Bargain
Fraud - Contributory Negligence Not a Defense
Fraud - Causation
Final Policy Maker- Defined
False Swearing
False Arrest - Elements
False Arrest - Damages - Punitive
False Arrest - Damages - Compensatory
Existence of Municipal Policy or Custom
Evidence - Post-Incident
Evidence - Methods of Assessing
Events Preceding Trial
Employment Discrimination - Shifting Burdens of Proof
Employment Discrimination - Legitimate, Nondiscriminatory Reasons Other Than Age
Employment Discrimination - Introduction
Employment Discrimination - Elements
Employment - Willful Violation of the ADEA
Employment - Subjectivity in Performance Evaluations
Employment - Discrimination - Pretext
Employment - Constructive Action as Adverse Employment Action
Employment - At-will employment
Employment - Adverse Employment Action
Duty of Care - Premises Liability
Disparate Treatment - Introduction
Disparate Treatment
Description of Discovery Methods
Defendents - Consider separately
Defendants - Individual Liability
Defamation - Truth as Defense
Defamation - Publication
Defamation - Privilege Defense
Defamation - Must be a Statement of Fact
Defamation - Elements
Defamation - Defined
Defamation - Damages
Damages--Uncertainty Caused By Defendant
Damages - Wrongful Death - Pain and Suffering
Damages - Wrongful Death - Medical and Funeral Expenses
Damages - Requirement of Causation - Apportionment
Damages - Punitive
Damages - Prejudgment Interest
Damages - Preexisting Injury
Damages - Precision Not Required
Damages - Party's Failure to Produce Evidence - Legal Obligation to Keep and Retain Records of Accounts
Damages - Party's Failure to Produce Evidence
Damages - Nominal
Damages - No speculation
Damages - Mitigation
Damages - Medical Expenses
Damages - Marine Casualty
Damages - Lost Earnings/Wages - Admiralty/Maritime Negligence
Damages - Lost Chance of Survival
Damages - Loss of Society/Companionship
Damages - Loss of earnings/earning capacity
Damages - Loss of consortium
Damages - Emotional Distress/Mental Anguish
Damages - Economic - Backpay
Damages - Date Begin
Damages - Consider Damages Only If Liability is Proven
Damages - Compensatory - Rule Against Double Recovery
Damages - Compensatory - Personal Injury - Pain & Suffering
Damages - Compensatory - Mental Suffering
Damages - Collateral Source
Damages - Calculation
Damages - Breach of Nondisclosure Provision
Damages - Breach of Noncompete Provision
Damages - Not Punitive
Corporations - Business Decisions
Contracts - Offer
Contracts - Mutuality of Obligation
Contracts - Mutuality of Agreement
Contracts - Modifications Determined by Objective Manifestations, Not Unexpressed Subjective Intent
Contracts - Modification - Burden of Proof
Contracts - Modification - Adequate Consideration
Contracts - Materiality of the Breach
Contracts - Interpretation
Contracts - Implied Modification/Implied-in-Fact
Contracts - Implied Modification - Implied-in-Law (Quasi Contract)
Contracts - Good faith and fair dealing
Contracts - Generally
Contracts - Express Modification
Contracts - Determination of Terms
Contracts - Damages
Contracts - Customary Practice
Contracts - Contract Defined
Contracts - Consideration
Contracts - Breach
Contracts - Acceptance
Concealment or Fraud Provision of Policy
Claims - Specific
Claims - Separate
Claims - Multiple
Civil Rights - Unreasonable Seizure - Elements
Civil Rights - Unreasonable Search - Excessive Force
Civil Rights - Unreasonable Search
Civil Rights - Under Color of Law Defined
Civil Rights - Seizure for Safety Reasons
Civil Rights - Seizure Defined
Civil Rights - Seizure - Emergency Admission to Medical Facility
Civil Rights - Right to be free from unreasonable seizure
Civil Rights - Right to be free from arrest without probable cause
Civil Rights - Resisting Arrest - Defined
Civil Rights - Proximate Cause and Damages
Civil Rights - Excessive Force - Generally
Civil Rights - Deliberate Indifference Defined
Civil Rights - Damages - Compensatory
Civil Rights - Civil Rights Claim
Civil Rights - Bystander Liability Defined
Burden of Proof - Shifting Burdens of Proof
Burden of Proof - Preponderence of Evidence - Defined
Bias and Prejudice
Battery - Elements
Assault and Battery - Defense
Assault - Elements
Arrest for Obstruction
All Persons Equal Before the Law -- Corporations
All Persons Equal Before the Law
Aggravation of Pre-Existing Condition
Affirmative Defenses