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Philip Morris Ordered to Pay $300 Million to Ex-Smoker

In National News on January 4, 2010 at 10:19 am

This article was published in the Fall 2009 edition of the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium newsletter.

Philip Morris Ordered to Pay $300 Million to Ex-Smoker

A Fort Lauderdale jury ordered Philip Morris to pay nearly $300 million ($55 million in compensatory damages and $244 million in punitive damages) to a 61-year-old former smoker with emphysema, who may need a lung transplant as the result of smoking.

The verdict is the largest so far of the many so-called Engle progeny cases, named after a major Florida Supreme Court ruling in 2006 that lowered a plaintiff’s burden of proof against a tobacco company and made it easier to pursue tobacco lawsuits in Florida than in other states.

Of the ten verdicts this year in Engle progeny cases, eight have been for the plaintiffs. Thousands of related cases have been filed and are awaiting trial in Florida.

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