Tobacco Cos. Must Pay Widow Of Smoker $3.4M: Jury

Law360, New York (March 1, 2011, 9:30 PM EST) -- A Florida state jury last week awarded nearly $3.4 million to the widow of a man who died of lung cancer after smoking for more than four decades in a suit against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Philip Morris USA Inc.

An Alachua County, Fla., jury on Thursday gave $3 million to the 81-year-old widow of John Huish, finding that R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris should each fork over $1.5 million in punitive damages.

The same jury earlier that week awarded the widow $750,000 in compensatory...
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