Philip Morris To Appeal $5M Verdict For Widower

Law360, New York (August 14, 2009, 12:54 PM EDT) -- Philip Morris USA Inc. has vowed to appeal a Florida jury's $5.3 million verdict in favor of a man who claimed cigarette smoking killed his wife — though the jury found that Philip Morris was only partially at fault, meaning the widower is in line for about $1.9 million in damages.

A jury in the Circuit Court for the 17th Judicial Circuit in Broward County, Fla., issued its verdict Thursday in favor of plaintiff Leon Barbanell, finding that "defective" cigarettes made by Philip Morris were a...
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