Jury Ignores Instructions, Awards $650,000 To Smoker’s Family For Cancer, Death

Mealey's (November 6, 2015, 12:51 PM EST) -- PENSACOLA, Fla. — A jury in Florida on Nov. 5 awarded the members of a family $650,000 in damages against Philip Morris USA Inc. for the lung cancer death of their husband and father as a result of his addiction to nicotine in cigarettes, ignoring jury instructions that called for an award of $2.3 million. The award included $325,000 equally for compensatory damages and punitive damages (Micah Danielson v. Philip Morris USA Inc., No. 2007-CA-002737, Fla. Cir., 1st Jud. Cir.).


The plaintiffs had asked for...
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