A hint or a spark. In common law, if there is even a trace of evidence on an issue, then the issue must be decided on the merits, and a motion for summary judgment or a directed verdict cannot succeed.
[Latin: “things done” or “thing transacted”] The events or circumstances at issue, as well as other events that are contemporaneous with or related to them. Courts previously employed this term in order to admit otherwise inadmissible hearsay. The term has since been put to disuse by scholars and legislators.
An award of damages calculated by a jury dividing the sum of each juror's proposed award by the number of jurors. A quotient verdict is generally improper—in particular, if a jury agrees in advance to calculate its award using a quotient verdict—due to a lack of full deliberation of issues.