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Supreme Court affirms large awards

It was a good day in the Supreme Court of Virginia for the holders of big verdicts.

The court affirmed seven-figure judgments in four cases with nothing in common other than the size of the awards.

In Commonwealth Transportation Commissioner v. Target Corp., the court upheld an award of $3.3 million in damages to the residue of the property taken in the condemnation of land taken for the expansion of Roberts Parkway in Fairfax County.

The retailer contended that the project hampered the visibility of its store. The court ruled that the commissioner had not preserved its objection to visibility as an element of damages but emphasized that whether it can be remains unresolved.

In John Crane Inc. v. Jones, the court affirmed a $3.4 million award for estate of a man who died from mesothelioma contracted while installing asbestos insulation on ships at Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co.

In King v. Cooley, the court upheld a $1.65 million judgment for a woman who contended that she suffered a permanent brain injury from complications of gastric bypass surgery.

In Banks v. Mario Industries, the court affirmed a $1.6 million judgment for a lighting manufacturer and supply company against former employees who left the company to form a competing business. The company alleged tortious interference with contract, breach of fiduciary duty and related legal theories.

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