Calif. Court Affirms $14M Verdict Against Philip Morris

Law360, New York (August 17, 2011, 10:21 PM EDT) -- A California appeals court said Wednesday that Philip Morris USA Inc.'s “extremely reprehensible” conduct justifies a $13.8 million punitive damages award in a case brought by a woman who later died of lung cancer.

Philip Morris had tried to argue that the jury verdict for Betty Bullock, who started smoking in 1956 at age 17, was unconstitutionally excessive, but a split panel of Second Appellate District judges disagreed 2-1.

“Philip Morris knew that the consensus among scientific and medical professionals was that cigarette smoking caused lung...
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