Florida Jury Awards $20 Million In Punitives In Tobacco Trial
(October 26, 2016, 1:39 PM EDT) -- FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A Florida jury on Oct. 25 awarded $20 million in punitive damages to the husband of a woman who died after developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) from smoking cigarettes made by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. in an Engle progeny trial (Alan Konzelman v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., No. 2008-CV-019620, Fla. Cir., 17th Jud. Cir., Broward Co.).
A day earlier, the jury in the 17th Judicial Circuit Court for Broward County awarded Alan Konzelman $8.79 million in compensatory damages after finding that...