Florida Jury Awards $1.8M To Estate Of Longtime Smoker Who Died Of Lung Cancer

Mealey's (August 14, 2015, 1:32 PM EDT) -- FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A Florida state court jury on Aug. 7 awarded $800,000 in punitive damages to the estate of a woman who developed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer after 52 years of smoking (Lillian Kaplan v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., No. 08-19469, Fla. 17th Jud. Cir., Broward Co.).

The award came several hours after the same jury, sitting in the 17th Judicial Court for Broward County, awarded $1,028,000 in compensatory damages to the estate of Lillian Kaplan. The jury found that...
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