$41M Punitive Award In Engle Case Too High: Fla. Court

Law360, New York (February 14, 2012, 5:40 PM ET) -- A Florida appeals court on Tuesday ruled that a jury's punitive damages award of $41 million, out of a total $46 million award, to a widow who blamed R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. for her husband's death was excessive.

Florida's Court of Appeal for the First District remanded the issue back to the trial court and gave widow Lyantie Townsend, whose husband Frank died of lung cancer in 1995, the option of a new trial only on punitive damages or acceptance of a new judgment from the...
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