Mass. AG Deal Can't Save Philip Morris From $10M Punitives

By Cara Salvatore (September 15, 2021, 8:08 PM EDT) -- The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled Wednesday that the widow of a smoker could keep $10 million in punitive damages she won in a trial against Philip Morris, saying a 1998 settlement involving the state's attorney general doesn't bar the award.

In a question reviewed de novo, the state high court said the widow, Pamela Laramie, can keep the punitive damages she won in a wrongful-death case against Philip Morris.

The cigarette company had argued that a 1998 settlement it reached with Massachusetts' attorney general precluded punitive damages for Laramie. But the high court said the cases are completely different....

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