Riverside County: Jury tags K-Mart in an age discrimination case for $916,000 compensatory damages on Tuesday and $25 million in punitives on Wednesday -- more than twice what the plaintiff attorneys asked for. Media coverage here and here. Sears (owner of K-Mart) considering post-trial motions. Ya think there might be a State Farm v. Campbell argument?
Los Angeles County: Five plaintiffs get defamation verdict totaling $370 million against founder of Guess Jeans. Each plaintiff gets $69 million in compensatories and $5 mil in punitives. Story here and here.
San Diego County: $1.3 million elder neglect verdict (total of punitives and compensatories).
San Francisco County: Mesothelioma asbestos verdict for $3.4 million.