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A motion for a judgment non obstante verdicto nullifies a jury verdict if it is not supported by the evidence. The court determines that even though the jury may have given the judgment to a party it will intervene and negate that judgment because as a matter of law the party could not recover. The motion should be granted if there is no substantial evidence to support the jury verdict. This is the same standard used in a directed verdict. In federal court, the party must have filed a motion for a directed verdict at the close of all the evidence. Most states do not require this procedure. A motion for judgment n.o.v. may be joined with a motion for a new trial. Federal courts no longer use the term judgment n.o.v.

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