Calif. Appeals Court Backs $12.8M Philip Morris Verdict

Law360, Los Angeles (July 9, 2013, 10:25 PM EDT) -- A California appeals court on Tuesday upheld a verdict ordering Philip Morris USA Inc. to pay $12.8 million to the son of a man who died after smoking cigarettes for years, saying the trial court hadn't erred in its jury instructions on how to measure damages for loss of consortium.

In a partially published decision, a three-judge panel for the appeals court's Second District rejected Philip Morris' argument that the $12.8 million award to Dylan Boeken should be reversed because of instructional error. Boeken's father Richard...
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