The case that spawned a landmark New Jersey Supreme Court decision allowing trial judges greater leeway to remit jury verdicts might have finally come to a close as the result of a Sept. 2 appellate court holding that affirmed the damages awarded in a second jury trial.

Plaintiff Ming Yu He, who sued over lower-back injuries resulting from a motor vehicle accident that allegedly left her unable to continue her job as a hotel housekeeper, won a $1.71 million verdict at the first trial in 2008, only to see it remitted to $830,000 by Morris County, N.J., Superior Court Judge David Ironson.

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