Florida Jury Awards $11 Million To Former Smoker With COPD

Mealey's (August 4, 2015, 12:39 PM EDT) -- JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A Florida state court jury on Aug. 3 awarded $3.2 million in punitive damages to a woman who alleged that her years of smoking caused her to develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) that resulted in two lung transplants (Elaine Jordan v. Philip Morris USA Inc., No. 2013-CA-008903, Fla. Cir., 4th Jud. Cir., Duval Co.).

The verdict was returned three days after the same jury awarded Elaine Jordan $7.8 million in compensatory damages in a suit against Philip Morris USA Inc. in the...
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