Are a recent string of massive jury awards affecting how corporate general counsel approach litigation?

Awards such as the $8 billion verdict against Johnson & Johnson for Risperdal—which will be appealed, the company saidand the $2 billion Bayer AG/Monsanto Roundup weed killer verdictlater reduced to $86.7 million, have grabbed headlines, and unexpectedly large awards for injuries sustained in trucking accidents and the like also have made news recently.