If I have read the court docs right, this does not have anything to do with the verdict. The verdict has been made and the WTS was found negligent and ordered to pay money as punishment.
It certainly seems that way to me too. It refers to the option of, "a new trial on the issue of punitive damages solely" if the $8.61 million is not accepted. Conti has said that it is more about the Watch Tower Society changing their policies than the money, but in the event that it goes back to trial and a lower amount of damages is then awarded, that certainly wouldn't make it more likely that the WTS would change its policies. Though it remains to be seen whether they will change their policies anyway.