, GoddersUK wrote

(And I'm confused - I thought the juries didn't handle sentencing? (In fact, I thought one only had jury trials in criminal cases?))

Juries don't handle sentencing. Juries decide whether the charges are valid. The judge decides what the penalty should be.

In this case, the jury decided that the charge was valid, and hence that damages should be paid. The judge decides what the level of damages are.