The damages assessed by the jury were, according to the judgment of the court, more than three times greater than were justified. The damages were unliquidated, and there was no way in which the court could ascertain what part of the judgment was for actual damages, and what for punitive damages. The defendant company ought to have the right to have the verdict of an unprejudiced jury upon the case, and not be compelled to accept in lieu thereof the judgment of the court, and thus be practically denied trial by jury.
A verdict in such a case as this, so excessive that seven tenths of it will be remitted to prevent a new trial, can not but be regarded as the result of passion and prejudice on the part of the jury, and it is difficult to see how the vice in such a verdict can be cured by a remittitur, for the passion and prejudice was in the jury, and must have entered into and permeated the whole finding, and must abide in that which remains as well as in that which is remitted. We are aware that the practice of sustaining such verdicts when reduced by remittitur, has obtained and may be said to be established in this State, it having been adopted and sanctioned by the Supreme Court in several cases, at least so far as to refuse to reverse judgments entered where a portion of excessive verdicts was remitted: Thomas v. Fischer, 71 Ill. 576; McCausland v. Wonderly, 56 Ill. 410.
The course of decision has not, however, been uniform. In Lœwenthal v. Streng, 90 Ill. 74, the court said of the verdict: " It could only have been induced by prejudice, passion or a total misconception of the case, and when it is so flagrantly excessive as to be only accounted for on the grounds of prejudice, passion or misconception, the remittitur does not remove the prejudice, passion or misconception. These elements may have entered, and probably did enter into the finding of facts important to the issue, if not the issue itself. Such feelings would naturally lead to an unfair .finding against appellant.”
While it must be said that by the law as settled, it is in the p )wer of the trial court to render judgments on verdicts *335reduced as the one under consideration was, to an amount satisfactory to the trial judge, and the entering of such judgment is not error, yet'the judgment so rendered is anomalous, and in a reviewing court, can not be entitled to the presumptions which obtain in favor of a judgment upon a fair verdict, which results from concurrence upon all the issues by the jury and the court. In the exercise of the revisory power of this court, we may reverse a judgment rendered under such circumstances as appear in the record, notwithstanding there appear to be no errors of law, where, in our opinion, such course will best tend to promote the impartial administration of justice. In view of all the circumstances shown by the evidence in this record, and the impeachment of the verdict by the trial judge, in which appellee concurred by entering a remittitur of so large a' part of the verdict, we conclude that the better and more prudent course, the one most likely to conserve the rights of both parties, and approximate justice most nearly in the end, is to submit the issues between the parties to the consideration of another jury, and that this may be done, the judgment will be reversed and the case remanded.
Reversed and remanded.