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Portsmouth judges reduces $25 million verdict for seaman (access required)

Portsmouth Circuit Judge James C. Hawks has reduced a verdict for a merchant seaman that he said was “appallingly excessive” from $25 million to $2 million. The verdict – for $20 million compensatory damages and $5 million in punitives – was among the largest ever reported in Virginia, but the defendant, Norfolk-based Maersk Line ...

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