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Florida Jury Awards Ex-Smoker $4.5 Million, Apportions Liability

(September 10, 2015, 12:52 PM EDT) -- FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A Florida jury on Sept. 8 issued a $4.5 million verdict for a woman who alleged that her laryngeal and lung cancers were caused by cigarette smoking but found that she was 50 percent liable for the development of her cancers (Mary Cooper, et al. v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., et al., No. CACE-08026350, Fla. Cir., 17th Jud. Cir.).


Mary Cooper alleged that cigarettes manufactured by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Lorillard Tobacco Co. and Phillip Morris USA were "unreasonably dangerous" and...
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