Philip Morris, Others Can't Duck $2.5M Verdict For Fla. Widow

Law360, Miami (August 7, 2013, 7:59 PM EDT) -- A Florida appeals court Wednesday affirmed a $2.5 million ruling against Philip Morris USA Inc. and two other tobacco companies in a so-called Engle progeny case, saying arguments about jury instructions and the plaintiff's closing remarks failed to justify a new trial.

The Fourth District Court of Appeal's ruling comes two years after a trial court sided with then-87-year-old Mary Tullo, resident of Lake Worth, Fla., finding that her husband, Dominick Tullo, was addicted to cigarettes and that the addiction caused his death.

The case was...
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