Fla. Court Asks For Clarity On Engle Punitive Damages Issue

Law360, Miami (October 18, 2013, 7:23 PM ET) -- A Florida appeals court on Friday asked the state's Supreme Court to clarify whether or not members of the landmark Engle class action can seek punitive damages on strict liability and negligence claims in their individual suits against tobacco companies.

Florida's Second District Court of Appeal affirmed a jury award of $1 million in compensatory damages and $1.5 million in punitive damages against Philip Morris USA Inc. and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. in a suit filed by Theodore Hallgren on behalf of his deceased wife Claire...
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