Florida Jury Adds $9M Punitive Award To $1.5M In Compensatory Damages
Mealey's (July 22, 2015, 12:41 PM EDT) -- FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A Florida state court jury on July 17 awarded $9 million in punitive damages — $3 million each against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Philip Morris USA Inc. and Lorillard Tobacco Co. — to the widower of a woman who died of lung cancer after years of smoking (John McCoy, et al. v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., et al., No. 2008-CV-025806 , Fla. 17th Jud. Cir., Broward Co.).
The award came four days after the same jury, sitting in the Florida 17th Judicial...