Philip Morris Must Fork Over $20M Payout, Judge Says

Law360 (September 13, 2019, 6:47 PM EDT) -- A Florida federal judge on Friday told Philip Morris USA Inc. to finally pay up on a $20 million verdict against it won by a now-deceased former smoker, saying its “scattershot arguments” for a new trial are nothing but a delay tactic.

U.S. District Judge James G. Carr chastised the company for the “rear-guard” motions for a new trial to overturn the monetary judgment won by Judith Berger, shooting down the company's arguments that the punitive damage award was excessive.

“Simply put: it is time for Philip Morris to pay the judgment,” Judge Carr wrote. “And [it] is time for its...

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