The article states:
Punitive damages in the hundreds of millions would be unprecedented in Massachusetts, where large jury awards are rare. In one of the biggest cases ever, a Suffolk County jury in 2000 awarded $27.5 million to the estate of a Russian immigrant who suffocated beneath a Green Line trolley as an MBTA rescue effort disintegrated into "a tragedy of errors." A judge later reduced the penalty to $1 million, arguing that the MBTA was only careless and did not intend to harm the man.Renowned Boston medical malpractice lawyer Andrew Meyer was asked to comment in the article. He says: "There haven't been large punitive damage awards in Massachusetts," but acknowledged that could surely change if there is the ability to prove "gross negligence." There is a great video clip of Meyer, discussing this topic on his law firm's web site. It is a partial clip of his appearance on Greater Boston with Emily Rooney. Check it out for more about the ins and outs of how such a settlement might work.