Philip Morris Can't Undo $2.5M Verdict In Engle Death Suit

By Mike Curley (May 5, 2022, 1:53 PM EDT) -- A Florida appeals court won't let Philip Morris USA Inc. escape a $2.5 million verdict won by the daughter of a smoker who alleged the cigarette maker was responsible for her father's death, saying trial evidence was enough for the jury to conclude the man relied on the company's advertising to his detriment.

In an opinion filed Wednesday, the panel said Sabrina Cuddihee had specifically identified what advertisements her father, Gil Cuddihee, had seen and engaged with, and how he relied on those advertisements in his decision to switch to a "lighter cigarette" for health reasons.

According to court documents, Gil...

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