Random Musings
Monday, March 15, 2004
 
CNN.com - Popcorn worker awarded $20 million in lawsuit - Mar 15, 2004: "People cried and hugged his wife, Cassandra, as the jury ruled against International Flavors and Fragrances Inc. and its subsidiary Bush Boake Allen Inc., the manufacturers of the flavoring. They were ordered to pay $18 million to Eric Peoples and $2 million to his wife for compensatory personal injury damages. No punitive damages were awarded."

Not to comment on the merits of the case or Mr. Peoples injuries but I wonder how the jury arrived at these particular figures. Mrs. Peoples gets $2 million? I could understand if some of that was punative damages, but apparently the jury decided that there was $20 million in compensatory damages. Seems like a lot to me.

-B-

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