Judicial World Records

The Best Attended Trial

17,000 people were present in the Havana Sports Palace, Cuba for the 12.5 hours trial 5:30 pm to 6:00 am 22 - 23 January 1959 of Major Jesus Sosa Blanco.

It was a case concerning alleged 108 murders. He was executed at the age of 51 on 18 February 1959.

The Greatest Damages For Personal Injury

On 29 September 1987, model Maria Hanson was awarded US$78 million personal injury damages.

Her face was slashed with razors in Manhattan, New York City, USA in June 1987. The three men convicted were sentenced to 5 - 15 years imprisonment.

Hanson was entitled to 10% of their post-prison earnings, as they have no assets.

The Greatest Civil Damages

Pennzoil Co. was awarded US$11,120 million by Judge Solomon Casseb Jr on 10 December 1985 in Houston.

It was a case concerning Texaco Inc. allegedly unethical tactics in January 1984 to break up a merger between Pennzoil and Getty Oil Co. Pennzoil was led by counsel Joe Jamial on Texaco by Richard Miller.

However, after 48 hours negotiation on 19 December 1987, they have reached an out-of-court settlement of US$5,500 million.

The Most Protracted Litigation

The longest contested law suit was a suit filed by ancestor Balasaheb Patloji Thorat of Maloji Thorat in 1205.

It was a suit for rights of presiding over public functions and precedence at religious festivals.

The law suit ended in Poona, India on 28 April 1966 and Balasaheb received a favourable judgement.

The Fastest Trial

On 25 January 1980, the UK High Court heard the case Duport Steel and Others v. Sirs and Others.

The appeal was heard on 26 January and on 1 February am in the House of Lords.

The decision was given pm that being the law's shortest delay occurred.

The Longest Trial

Kemner v. Monsanto Co., a case concerning an alleged toxic spill in Sturgeon, Illinois in 1979 was the longest jury trial.

The trial started on 6 February 1984 at St. Clair County Court House, Belleville, Illinois, USA before Circuit Judge Richard P. Goldenhersh.

It ended after 657 days and jury deliberation of two months on 26 August 1987.

The verdict was returned on 22 October and the plaintiffs secured sums of US$1 nominal compensatory damages and US$16,250,000 punitive damages.

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