April 29, 2011

Virginia jury awards $200 million in punitive damages against Allergan

Reuters is reporting that a federal district court jury in Virginia has awarded $12 million in compensatory damages and $200 million in punitive damages to a plaintiff who claims he suffered brain damage after receiving injections of Botox made by defendant Allergan.  This is one of the largest U.S. punitive damages awards we've seen in a while, but it doesn't appear to have any chance of standing up.  The case is proceeding under Virginia law, which caps punitive damages at $350,000.