A Texas Jury computed the net present value of 6 years salary for a Wal-Mart produce manager as $24.4 million. I’m obviously in the wrong business.
After 10 hours of deliberation, jurors voted 10 to 2 to award $24.4 million in actual damages and $229 million in punitive damages to the family of Robert Ernst. He worked as a produce manager at Wal-Mart and died in his sleep of a heart problem in 2001 after taking Vioxx for eight months to ease pain in his hands.
Merck said it was disappointed by the verdict and would appeal. Several legal experts said the award is likely to be substantially reduced.
(6 years – because at 65 you become a greeter if you work at Wal-Mart.)