Altria, Reynolds, Liggett Hit With $20M Verdict In Fla.

Law360, New York (April 28, 2010, 3:34 PM EDT) -- A Florida jury has ruled that Altria Group Inc.’s Philip Morris USA, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Liggett Group were responsible for the lung cancer death of a woman in 1995, ordering the companies to pay her family $20 million.

The jury in the 17th Judicial Circuit of Florida in Fort Lauderdale reached its verdict Monday, according to Charles Baumberger, an attorney for the family of the woman, Marot Putney. She smoked two packs a day for over 40 years and died of small cell cancer...
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