Runaway Juries? Think Again!!!

January 11, 2010

And the biggest judgment awarded in 2009 went to…

The largest verdict awarded to a corporation last year was more than five times the size of the year’s largest product-liability verdict: a $300 million award against Philip Morris in a case involving a former smoker who developed cancer. The victim was awarded $56 million, with another $244 million in punitive damages.

So far there have been no reports of a call for a cap on jury awards in patent-infringement cases. Apparently juries are considered competent enough to register proper judgments in those disputes.

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