Jury Awards $25 Million In Punitive Damages To Widower In Tobacco Suit
By Daniel Clark
Mealey's (January 19, 2016, 12:40 PM EST) -- MIAMI — After only a few hours of deliberations, a Florida jury on Dec. 22 awarded the husband of a woman who died from lung cancer related to her addiction to cigarettes $25 million in punitive damages, bringing the total award to $35 million (Roland Ledoux v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, et al., No. 07-43991-CA-06, Fla. 11th Cir., Dade Co.).
The jury in the 11th Judicial Circuit Court in Dade County ordered R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. to pay $12.5 million and Phillip Morris USA Inc. to...