How a Negligence Case Against the State of Washington Resulted in a $115 Million Verdict

In July of 2020, i a jury awarded the largest personal injury verdict ever against the state of Washington.ii This was a $115 million award to the maternal grandparents of two boys murdered by their father during visitation.iii This article will analyze the verdict: why it was awarded, and what we can learn from it.

Washington Supreme Court Affirms $9.2M Judgment

  The Washington Supreme Court considered the issue of whether a jury instruction given in an underlying lawsuit was prejudicial and not harmless to plaintiff.  The Court found plaintiff was not prejudiced by the jury instruction even though the instruction was potentially misleading.  The Appellate decision had found the jury instruction had been prejudicial to