Scales of justice with money and a gavel. In the view of many insurance company defense attorneys, the duty to make an injured party whole has been catapulted into the realm of the absurd. (Photo: Andrii Yalanskyi/Adobe Stock)

While insurers have been reeling from runaway verdicts for decades, some of the most astonishing cases in the past five years bring new meaning to the cry of ‘astronomical.’

A jury thrashed a local bar in Texas, for example, for $301 billion in damages after it found the watering hole over-served a man who later ran a red light, killing two women, according to VerdictSearch. This searchable online research library tracks verdicts and settlements.

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