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top 10 jury verdicts in US history

David Kervin

What are the ten of the largest jury verdicts in American history, adjusted for inflation?

Here is a list of the top 10 civil jury verdicts in 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. $4.69 billion – Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Cases, awarded in 2018 to 22 women who claimed that Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products caused their ovarian cancer.
  3. $3.96 billion – Iowa Lottery Fraud Case, awarded in 2011 to an Iowa jury who found that a group of individuals cheated the state lottery system to win a $16.5 million jackpot.
  4. $2.86 billion – State of California v. Philip Morris, awarded in 2002 to the state of California in a lawsuit over the costs of treating smoking-related illnesses.
  5. $2.23 billion – Punitive damages against General Motors, awarded in 1999 to the family of a young boy who was killed in a car accident caused by a faulty GM fuel tank.
  6. $1.67 billion – Hogan v. Gawker, awarded in 2016 to former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan in his invasion of privacy lawsuit against Gawker Media.
  7. $1.05 billion – Apple v. Samsung, awarded in 2012 to Apple in a patent infringement case against Samsung.
  8. $956 million – Pennzoil v. Texaco, awarded in 1985 to Pennzoil in a breach of contract case against Texaco.
  9. $655 million – Amway Corporation v. Procter & Gamble, awarded in 1995 to Amway in a defamation lawsuit against Procter & Gamble.
  10. $500 million – ExxonMobil v. State of Alabama, awarded in 2001 to the state of Alabama in a lawsuit over natural gas royalties.

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