A Texas state court jury awarded $150 billion in punitive damages Tuesday to the parents and estate of Robbie Middleton in a lawsuit alleging he was sexually assaulted and set on fire in 1998.
The Fayette County jury in La Grange also ordered defendant Don Wilburn Collins to pay the Middletons $370 million in actual damages. Robbie Middleton, 8 years old at the time of the incident, died of cancer related to burn damage in April, his attorney, Craig Sico, said in a phone interview Tuesday.
The total $150.37 billion verdict is the largest in U.S. history, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The previous record, a $145 billion award that was later reversed, was set by a jury in a class action in Florida against the tobacco industry. The Texas verdict isn't collectible, Sico said.