- It refers to a court decision that gives out an extremely uneven amount of damages compared to the harm suffered. This is deemed to be shocking to the court's understanding of fairness. Such a verdict can be remedied by reducing the damages or ordering a new trial
- The judge overturned the excessive verdict as the punishment did not fit the gravity of the crime.
- The lawyer moved for a new trial after accusing the jury of delivering an excessive verdict.
- With the excessive verdict being grossly disproportionate to the plaintiff's injury, the court decided to lessen the damages accorded.