Jury Orders Tobacco Cos. To Pay $27M To Widow

Law360, New York (March 24, 2010, 7:34 PM EDT) -- Following a string of unfavorable verdicts for tobacco companies in the so-called Engle progeny suits, a Florida jury has directed R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Philip Morris USA to fork over $26.6 million to the widow of a smoker who died of lung cancer after smoking for more than 50 years.

A six-member jury in the Broward County Circuit Court in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., returned the verdict Wednesday in a wrongful death case brought by Robin Cohen, whose husband Nathan died n 1994 at the age...
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