The case involved a man who underwent knee surgery and suffered permanent injury. The first trial resulted in a verdict of $1.5 million. After appeal, the case had to be re-tried. During the second trial, as the jury was deliberating, the parties agreed to settle the case for $150,000. The jury, almost simultaneously announced they had reached a verdict.
The judge refused to allow the parties to put the settlement on the record! The jury decision was announced: $1.4 million for the injured victim. Defendant appeals. Read the article by John Hochfelder to see what happened on appeal.