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Fla. Widow Wins $4.5M Verdict Against Big Tobacco

Law360 (April 14, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT) -- A Florida jury on Wednesday ordered Philip Morris USA Inc. and two tobacco companies to pay $4.5 million to a lifelong smoker's widow in a so-called Engle progeny case, but let fourth defendant R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. off the hook.

After a 2 1/2-week trial, a jury in the Circuit Court of the 15th Judicial Circuit of Florida, Palm Beach County, sided with 87-year-old Lake Worth, Fla., resident Mary Tullo, finding that her husband, Dominick Tullo, was addicted to cigarettes and that the addiction caused his...
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