The National Law Journal compiled cases from its affiliate, VerdictSearch, to publish its annual review of the 100 largest jury verdicts of 2004. Verdicts are ranked by gross award, not including attorney fees and costs--unless awarded by the jury. They do not reflect post-trial reductions or enhancements. When a verdict was trebled by law, the trebled amount is listed.
The Medtronic Sofamor Danek v. Michelson case was ranked number six on the list. Bob Krupka led the trial team for Dr. Michelson. The total verdict amount, awarded on Michelson's counterclaim, was $582 million.
The DIRECTV Inc. v. Pegasus Satellite Television Inc. case ranked 31 on the list. Michael Baumann and Melissa Ingalls represented DIRECTV. The final judgment was $63 million for DIRECTV.