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top 10 jury verdicts in california history

David Kervin

What are the Top Ten largest jury verdicts in California history?

Here are the top ten civil jury verdicts in California’s history:

  1. $4.9 billion – In re: Exxon Valdez, awarded in 1994 to over 30,000 fishermen and Native Alaskans who were affected by the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.
  2. $2.3 billion – Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Cases, awarded in 2019 to a couple who claimed that Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products caused their mesothelioma.
  3. $1.6 billion – Oracle v. SAP, awarded in 2010 to Oracle in a copyright infringement lawsuit against SAP.
  4. $1.3 billion – Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher v. Amgen, awarded in 2004 to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in a legal malpractice lawsuit against Amgen.
  5. $1.2 billion – Apple v. Samsung, awarded in 2012 to Apple in a patent infringement case against Samsung.
  6. $1.1 billion – Vioxx Product Liability Litigation, awarded in 2012 to plaintiffs who claimed that the painkiller Vioxx caused heart attacks and strokes.
  7. $900 million – Avery v. State Farm, awarded in 1999 to a California policyholder who claimed that State Farm had used aftermarket parts to repair her car after an accident.
  8. $750 million – Murphy Oil v. Fluor Daniel, awarded in 2001 to Murphy Oil in a breach of contract lawsuit against Fluor Daniel.
  9. $634 million – ConAgra Foods v. Tanimura & Antle, awarded in 2005 to ConAgra Foods in a lawsuit over a recall of contaminated spinach.
  10. $500 million – Vergara v. California, awarded in 2014 to a group of students who claimed that California’s teacher tenure laws violated their constitutional rights to an education.

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