Florida Jury Awards $1M To Smoker’s Widow; Punitive Damages Phase Continues

Mealey's (October 6, 2015, 11:45 AM EDT) -- MIAMI — A jury in Florida on Oct. 2 awarded a smoker’s widow $1 million in compensatory damages and found that two tobacco companies were also liable for punitive damages in connection with the smoking-related illnesses that included lung cancer. The punitive damages phase of the trial is continuing (Gertrude Marchese v. Philip Morris, et al., No. 2013-cv-002849, Fla. Cir., 17th Jud. Cir.).

Allegations

Gertrude Marchese sued Philip Morris (PM) and R.J. Reynolds Co. (RJR) in the Florida 17th Judicial Circuit Court, alleging that the defendants...
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