Lorillard Hit With $17M Verdict In Fla. Smoker Suit

Law360, New York (March 3, 2011, 5:45 PM EST) -- A Florida jury on Wednesday held Lorillard Tobacco Co. partially responsible for the death of a smoker who died of lung cancer in 1994, awarding the smoker’s family more than $17 million in damages.

Following a three-week trial, a jury in the Fourth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida, Duval County, awarded the family of the late Jacqueline Miller $6 million in compensatory damages and $11.3 million in punitive damages, Angelo Patacca of Terrell Hogan Ellis Yegelwel PA, a lawyer for the family told Law360.

The jury,...
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