Fla. Court Overturns Engle Verdict Against Philip Morris

Law360, New York (February 22, 2012, 7:24 PM EST) -- A Florida appeals court on Wednesday overturned a 2009 jury verdict against Philip Morris USA Inc. for a widower whose wife died of lung cancer, in the first appellate reversal of a verdict in a so-called Engle case, the tobacco giant said.

In reversing the roughly $1.9 million verdict against Philip Morris, the court found that a four-year statute of limitations barred widower Leon Barbanell's suit. The clock on that statute should have started running when smoking first made Shirley Barbanell feel ill — not when...
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