Jury Says Smoker's Daughter Owed $13.8M

Law360, New York (August 25, 2009, 7:17 PM EDT) -- A California jury recommended Monday that Philip Morris USA Inc. pay the daughter of a lung cancer victim $13.8 million in punitive damages, ending a second round of litigation between the family and the cigarette maker that began when a California appeals court ruled that the $28 billion in punitive damages awarded by a previous jury last year was excessive.

The recent panel voted 9-3 in favor of Jodie Bullock, who became the plaintiff in the case after her mother, Betty Bullock, died of lung cancer...
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