Ore. Court Vacates $100M Award Against Philip Morris

Law360, New York (June 28, 2010, 5:07 PM EDT) -- The Oregon Supreme Court has vacated a $100 million punitive damages award to the family of a deceased smoker of Philip Morris Inc. low-tar cigarettes, finding that the trial court erred in its instructions to the jury.

As a result, the family of Michelle Schwarz will have to retry its case against Philip Morris, a subsidiary of Altria Group Inc.

The Oregon court, affirming a lower court decision, ruled Thursday that when the case was originally tried, the U.S. Supreme Court had not yet indicated that...
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