Fla. Jury Awards Smoker $21M From Philip Morris

Law360, New York (July 9, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT) -- A Florida jury has found Philip Morris USA partially responsible for a 64-year-old woman's chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and ordered the cigarette company to pay more than $21 million in damages.

In a verdict issued Thursday, a six-member jury in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., awarded plaintiff Ellen Tate $8 million in compensatory damages and more than $16 million in punitive damages, placing most of the blame on Philip Morris.

The jury found Tate, who began smoking at age 12 or 13, 36 percent responsible, and Philip Morris...
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