What is the biggest lawsuit amount actually recieved?
Recent headlines herald a Texas woman who was awarded $253 million in a lawsuit against Merck in relation to a death attributed to Vioxx. She's highly unlikely to actually receive anywhere near that because Merck will appeal and higher courts will reduce the award.
The press always makes a big deal out of these initial awards because they seem to like big numbers. The follow-on stories don't make headlines because that would make it seem like they overreacted to the original story.
So, I am interested in what kind of cash money people actually receive in the end in these high-profile suits. I'm sure some have gotten a few million, but has any individual person or family ever actually received a ridiculous amount like $100 million?