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Virginia’s Largest Verdicts of 2008

Virginia Lawyers Weekly is pleased to present the “Virginia’s Largest Verdicts of 2008,” our annual compilation of big jury verdicts from across the commonwealth.

As in past years, our criteria for the list are simple:

1. The verdict must be for at least $1 million.

2. The verdict was returned by a jury in Virginia – not a judge.

3. The verdict was returned in calendar year 2008.

The 2007 survey features 15 verdicts, down from the 20 million-dollar verdicts in last year’s compilation, and 29 million-dollar verdicts the year before

Amount Name of Case Type of Case
1 $15.2 Million Worldwide Network Services LLC v. Dyncorp Int’l LLC Discrimination
2 $10.2 Million Zoll v. Werner Enterprises Inc. Personal Injury
3 $4.75 Million Meng v. The Drees Company Negligence / Constructive Fraud
4 $4.39 Million Koonce v. John Crane Inc. Asbestos
5 $3.5 Million Franklin v. Feeny Medical Malpractice
6 $2.8 Million Titsworth v. Howard Brothers Inc. Personal Injury
7 $2.38 Million Bell v. Myers Wrongful Death
8 $2 Million Confidential Medical Malpractice
9 $1.96 Million Weston v. BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair Inc. Personal Injury
10 $1.7 Million King v. John Crane Inc. Asbestos
11 $1.55 Million Booth v. O’Connell Medical Malpractice
12 $1.32 Million Bagley v. EWC, LC Personal injury
13 $1.14 Million Blue Line Media Inc. v. Redmon Group Inc. Breach of Contract
14 (tie) $1 Million Confidential Medical Malpractice
14 (tie) $1 Million Cowan v. Hayne Personal Injury

If we have missed any million-dollar verdicts from 2008, please let us know. We’ll be glad to add that information to the online version of the story so it can be complete as possible.

And during the coming year, we would greatly appreciate hearing about verdicts that will make it on next year’s list.

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