Two-Issue Rule Law and Legal Definition

Two issue rule refers to a principle that where the jury returns a general verdict involving two or more issues and its verdict is supported as to at least one issue, the verdict will not be reversed on appeal.

The following is an example of a case law defining two issue rule:

The two-issue rule is that if the case presents two separate issues, and if one issue, complete in itself as a cause of action or defense, is submitted to the jury free from error, and the jury returns a general verdict and there is nothing to indicate upon which issue the general verdict is grounded, the issue which presents the claimed error may be disregarded. [McCrate v. Morgan Packing Co., 117 F.2d 702, 704 (6th Cir. Ohio 1941)]