Colleen and Robert Middleton suffered an unspeakable tragedy. In 1998, their 8 year old son (Robbie) was allegedly set on fire by a sexual predator named Donald W. Collins. While he survived the initial attack, Robbie Middleton died 13 years later of cancer that originated from the skin grafts utilized to treat his burns.
The criminal case inexplicably disintegrated (read more about it here) , so the Middletons sued Mr. Collins for wrongful death. After seeing videotaped testimony from the now deceased Robbie, a very emotionally charged jury found in favor of the plaintiff. However, they decided to “send a message” by awarding a very, very large award. $150,000,000,000.00. That is $150 billion if you lost track of the zeros.