The statewide average plaintiff’s verdict12 in 2015 was $4,522,612.
The statewide median plaintiff’s verdict was $60,000. Sixty-three
percent of all the verdicts came from Maricopa County, as is typical.
Nine of the top 11 verdicts came from Maricopa County, making
its average of $5,896,577 higher than the statewide. Maricopa
County’s median was $35,000.
Santa Cruz County reported one
plaintiff’s verdict of $3,500,000 and
two defense verdicts. Yuma County had
one plaintiff’s verdict of $1,720,000
and one defense verdict. Pima County
had a fairly typical plaintiff’s verdict
average of $756,197, with a median of
$40,000. It also had 12 defense verdicts.
The average plaintiff’s verdict in the
United States District Court for the
District of Arizona was $711,625. Its
median was $306,180. Those are not
the very lowest averages in the 12 years
we’ve covered this topic, but they are
among the lowest for Arizona’s federal
court. It also had 12 defense verdicts.
This year was the first time that federal
court was not markedly better for defendants on verdicts.
Pinal County had three defense verdicts. Gila County and Graham County
reported one defense verdict each. No
verdicts for either side were reported
out of Apache, Coconino, Greenlee, La
Paz, Mohave or Navajo Counties.
Arizona juries gave several large punitive awards in 2015, in a total of seven
cases. The largest was for $17,985,000,
as noted above in the No. 3 Rozenman
case. In the No. 6 case, Cote, the jury
awarded $16,704,000 in punitives. The
next in line was for $2,600,000 in the
Millette case that is tied at No. 10 above.
Rounding out the million-dollar-plus
punitive damages award cases was in a
breach of contract, breach of fiduciary
duty, conversion, securities fraud, misrepresentation and fraud case, Lynch v.
Trauma Flight Inc., for $1,500,000.
Other 2015 punitive awards were for
$750,000, $500,000 and $100,000.
Maricopa County juries gave punitive
damages in all but one of these cases,
with the remaining award coming from
a Pima County jury. Statewide Plaintiff Verdict Average
U.S. District Court
Statewide $4,522,612 $60,000 58
Maricopa County $5,896,577 $35,000 65
Santa Cruz County $3,500,000 $3,500,000 33
Yuma County $1,720,000 $1,720,000 50
Pima County $756,197 $40,000 56
United States District Court for the District of Arizona $711,625 $306,180 60
Yavapai County $220,418 $18,304 56
Cochise County $52,427 $52,427 66
2015 Arizona Plaintiff’s Verdict Averages by County
Trials Won by
Jury awards consistently vary by county in Arizona. Averages and
medians11 for plaintiffs’ verdicts in each venue are shown in the table and map below.
2015 Arizona Plaintiff’s Verdict
Averages by Venue