HONOLULU — A jury awarded $22 billion to an American company that claims the late Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos stole a golden Buddha statue filled with gems from a treasure hunter, news reports said Saturday.
"As far as I know, it is the largest verdict probably in the history of jurisprudence in the world," said Daniel Cathcart, attorney for the Atlanta-based Golden Buddha Corp.
But a Marcos family attorney dismissed the award, which a state jury reached in less than five hours of deliberations Friday.
"It's noncollectible. It's Monopoly money," attorney James Paul Linn said. "Everything in the Marcos estate is tied up by the Philippine government. . . . There's no money there."