Tobacco Cos. Ask 11th Circ. To Reverse $3M Punitive Award

Law360, Miami (February 13, 2014, 7:32 PM EST) -- R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Philip Morris USA Inc. on Wednesday asked the Eleventh Circuit to reverse a $3.34 million punitive damages award in an Engle progeny case, saying that the plaintiff could not rely only on Engle findings to establish punitive damages.

In an initial brief filed with the appeals court, the tobacco companies said Cheryl Searcy, whose mother Carol LaSard died of smoking-related lung cancer, should not have been awarded punitive damages because she did not present evidence that LaSard in particular was damaged...
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