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Directed verdict

A verdict taken away from a jury by a trial judge. The judge usually makes that decision when
one of the parties has not
proved his/her/its case as a matter of law. (Example: After seven days of a case being heard by a jury, a judge intercepted the jury deliberating by making a judgment in Irwin Barkan v. Dunkin' Donuts - BMM: Judge Rules against Dunkin Donuts Franchisee in Jury Trial)

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Janet Sparks is the former publisher of the Continental Franchise Review, an industry newsletter that covered the franchise community for over 30 years. She has also been a columnist for a leading franchise magazine for the past 13 years. Today she is an independent journalist who engages in investigative reporting, tackling complex issues that impact the franchise industry.

Janet can be reached at or at 303-799-7398.