Record Nos. 980254, 980345, 980568.

510 S.E.2d 734 (1999)

257 Va. 65

Michael J. WALKER v. Dewayne K. MASON. Tamara S. Williams v. Shona R. Simmons. Deveata Anita Walker v. Jack Creasy.

Supreme Court of Virginia.

January 8, 1999.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

William Tyler Shands (Eone Moore Beck; Carter & Shands, on brief), Richmond, for appellant (Record No. 980345).

Martha L. Bond (A. Donald McEachin; McEachin & Gee, on brief), Richmond, for appellee (Record No. 980345).

Henry S. Carter (Eone Moore Beck; Carter & Shands, on briefs), Richmond, for appellant (Record No. 980568).

Christopher A. Jones (Joel G. Clarke; Maloney, Huennekens, Parks, Gecker & Parsons, on brief), Richmond, for appellee (Record No. 980568).

Frank K. Friedman (Kevin S. Blair; Philip W. Parker; Woods, Rogers & Hazlegrove, on briefs), Roanoke, for appellant (Record No. 980254).

Kenneth W. Farrar (Farrar & Berry, on brief), Lovingston, for appellee (Record No. 980254).

Present: All the Justices.

LACY, Justice.

The three appeals addressed in this opinion involve the proper application of principles for determining whether a jury verdict is inadequate as a matter of law. The trial court in each of these cases set aside the jury verdict relying on the principle enunciated in Bowers v. Sprouse, 254 Va. 428, 492 S.E.2d 637 (1997).

In Bowers, the jury returned a verdict in the exact amount of the special...

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