Ex-Smoker Wins $300M Verdict In Philip Morris Suit

Law360, New York (November 20, 2009, 4:01 PM EST) -- A Florida jury has awarded an ex-smoker $300 million in damages from Philip Morris USA Inc., finding the tobacco company legally responsible for her emphysema.

A jury in the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit of Florida in Broward County on Thursday awarded Lucinda Naugle, 61, $56 million in compensatory damages and $244 million in punitive damages.

Naugle, who began smoking in 1968 and quit in 1993 with the advent of the nicotine patch, filed suit against the tobacco giant in December 2007.

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