By Carolina Bolado (September 22, 2021, 8:59 PM EDT) -- A Florida appeals court Wednesday reversed a $10.5 million jury award to a former Marine who lost his larynx after getting smoking-related cancer, ruling that the smoker's claims against Philip Morris are barred by Florida's statute of repose for fraud.
Florida's Third District Court of Appeal said smoker Edward Principe's claims fail because there is no evidence Philip Morris USA Inc. engaged in the wrongful conduct alleged in the suit — namely misrepresenting cigarettes' health impacts and addictive nature — in the 12 years before the suit was filed in 2017.
By 2000, Philip Morris had begun to publicly renounce its...
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