Florida High Court Stays Review Of $17M Award Pending 2 Other Cases

(February 14, 2017, 9:15 AM EST) -- TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Supreme Court on Feb. 7 stayed a case in which a jury awarded $5.7 million in compensatory damages and $11.6 million in punitive damages to the widow of a longtime smoker who alleged that his chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer were caused by his addiction to cigarettes manufactured by Philip Morris USA Inc. (Vickie McKeever, etc. v. Philip Morris USA, Inc., No. SC17-198, Fla. Sup.).

(Order available.  Document #04-170215-016R.)

The state’s top court issued the stay pending its...
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