Jury Awards $500,000 In Punitive Damages Against Tobacco Companies
Mealey's (October 8, 2015, 9:21 AM EDT) -- MIAMI — The Florida jury that previously awarded a smoker’s widow $1 million for in compensatory damages in connection with smoking-related illnesses that included lung cancer on Oct. 7 found two tobacco companies liable for a combined total of $500,000 in punitive damages (Gertrude Marchese v. Philip Morris, et al., No. 2013-cv-002849, Fla. Cir., 17th Judicial Cir.).
Gertrude Marchese sued Philip Morris (PM) and R.J. Reynolds Co. (RJR) in the Florida Circuit Court for the 17th Judicial Circuit, alleging that the defendants were liable for...