In a case that has drawn the national legal spotlight, a jury here Tuesday awarded more than $1 billion to the family of a woman whom jurors determined died from taking the diet drug Pondimin.
The verdict against drug maker Wyeth is thought to be the most a Jefferson County jury has ever awarded to one person - and one of the biggest awards in state history.
see also the Houston Chronicle:
Generally I defend the trial system (even in Beaumont) but this is one of those cases that I makes me doubt. What really surprises me is not the punitive award but the amount of the actual damages: $113 million in a single death case. That is an order of magnitude larger than what I have seen in large verdict death cases in Beaumont.
The articles indicate that there are perhaps several grounds for appeal and the appellate courts are pretty conservative, but getting a bond to supercede the judgment as is or even with a remittitur is going to take a great deal of money. I guess, given that Wyeth has set billions aside for these cases, they may be able to self bond.