I, too, was surprised by the verdict in the dog case. If the other dog had been leashed and under control, the defendant's dogs would most likely not have gone after it. What many people do not realize is that dogs don't really understand size differences, so if a dog is running at them they don't think "oh, it's a small dog-we're fine" they see a dog that could be attacking them. And, the plaintiffs dog was over 30 pounds according to her, so not such a small dog. I thought it was all the plaintiff's fault.
However, I was also surprised my JM's verdict in the case against the wrong contractor. The plaintiff totally harassed him through numerous calls/texts and on her facebook page. That fact that she put his name, address, and phone number on her page is unbelievable. AND she wrote a negative review which could have had a financial impact on him. I thought that JM laughed it off a bit too much (why didn't you block her earlier?). I would have given him the entire $5000 as the plaintiff was reckless in her lawsuit-sue the RIGHT person! However, even $1000 would have sent a stronger message than the $500 that he was awarded.