If punitive damages are a measure of juror anger, there were a lot of angry jurors last year. Just take a look at the top 50 verdicts in 2001 and 2002. In 2001, total punitives for all 22 cases was $3.2 billion. For 2002, the figure was $32.6 billion. Some attorneys think that corporate scandals -- Enron, WorldCom -- have predisposed jurors to add more zeroes to their verdicts.
Juror Anger Leads to Larger Punitive Awards
The National Law Journal
February 10, 2003
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