Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Lawyers Weekly has posted the ten biggest verdicts of 2005. As usual with such things, they should be taken with a recognition that many (most?) will not be recovered in the full verdict amount due to damage caps, high/low agreements, etc. Notable, but not surprising to anyone who's paid much attention, is the piece's observation of how central e-mail has become, especially on the punitive damages side.
The WSJ law blog has a useful version of the list with links to stories on each one.
By my count, about six of the cases are what I would consider classic (if, in some cases, unusual) tort or products cases. (I didn't count the fraud case.)
Update: See this entry for a verdict that LW missed.