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“Woman Who Was Raped as a Teenager Is Awarded $1 Billion in [Compensatory] Damages”

Posted in Litigation Industry, Mass Tort Issues, Policy Issues, Punitives
A $1 billion compensatory damages verdict last week seems to be another signal of significant unhappiness among the people who are serving on juries. An April 23, 2018 article in the NYT provides more specifics. According to the article, the trial was only on damages, perhaps after a default judgment. As described in my prior… Continue Reading

Before issuing an award, jury asks: “Can we punish the defendants by requiring them to place a warning label on their products?”

Posted in Cancer, Litigation Industry, Mass Tort Issues, Punitives
Yesterday’s punitive damages verdict against J&J arrived after interesting questions from the jury to the court. One wonders how J&J will account for the questions on a going forward basis. As reported by LAW360, the questions were as set out below: “Law360, Los Angeles (May 24, 2018, 1:09 PM EDT) — A California jury found… Continue Reading

Product Liability Defendants Lose Big in California and Texas

Posted in Asbestos, Litigation Industry, Punitives
The last 10 days have been notably adverse for product liability defendants. One big defense side loss arrived through the California Supreme Court’s December 1, 2016 opinion in two consolidated cases involving “take home” exposures to asbestos.  The opinion is described in a December 1, 2016 article by LAW360. To close out the adverse stretch,… Continue Reading

Sealing a Punitive Damages Verdict for Plaintiff When Multiple Trials Are Ongoing in One Court

Posted in Product Liability, Punitives
Here is an interesting post from the Mass Torts Profs Blog on Judge Moss in Philadelphia granting a defense motion to seal a punitive damages verdict for plaintiffs that was entered in one Prempro trial. The defense argument was that the punitive damages verdict for the plaintiff might bias the jury in an ongoing Prempro… Continue Reading