Both sides predict that a $581 million jury verdict against a finance unit of Whirlpool Corp. will never survive post-trial motions or the appellate process intact.

A Greensboro, Ala., jury on May 7 ordered Whirlpool Financial National Bank and Gulf Coast Electronics to pay $580 million in punitive damages and $975,000 in compensatory damages to three plaintiffs, who had charged the defendants with consumer fraud in the sale and financing of two television satellite dishes.

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