Fla. Court Erases $148M Punitive Damages In Smoker's Suit

By Carolina Bolado (May 11, 2022, 8:19 PM EDT) -- A Florida appeals court on Wednesday erased a $148 million punitive damages award to the husband of a smoker who died of lung disease and also wiped out a $9.2 million compensatory damages award because the smoker was not married to his partner when he first got sick.

The Fourth District Court of Appeal reversed the $148 million punitive damages award to Bryan Rintoul, citing the Florida Supreme Court's November decision in Sheffield v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., which applied a 1999 law limiting punitive damages to Engle progeny cases.

Those cases stem from the landmark Engle v. Liggett class action against...

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