- /abdatar/ The power of trial court to assess damages or increase amount of an inadequate award made by jury verdict, as condition of denial of motion for new trial, with consent of defendant whether or not plaintiff consents to such action. Dorsey et al. v. Barba et al., Cal.App., 226 P.2d 677.This is not allowed in the Federal system. Dimick v. Schiedt, 293 U.S. 474, 55 S.Ct. 296, 79 L.Ed. 603Compare remittitur
Black's law dictionary. HENRY CAMPBELL BLACK, M. A.. 1990.