Oregon Scores $56M From Philip Morris In Smoker's Suit

Law360, New York (January 18, 2012, 3:03 PM EST) -- Philip Morris USA Inc. will fork over $56 million to Oregon after failing to nix a 1999 punitive damage award to the state in a lawsuit brought by a deceased smoker's family, Oregon's attorney general said Tuesday.

After more than a decade of appeals, the Oregon Supreme Court in December held up Oregon's share of the $79.5 million that a jury awarded to the family of a Portland smoker who died from cancer. On Friday, the court turned down the tobacco giant's request that it reconsider...
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