4 Tobacco Cos. Face $55M Damages In Landmark Engle Case

Law360, New York (June 1, 2012, 4:59 PM EDT) -- A Florida jury leveled Philip Morris USA Inc., R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and two other tobacco giants with $54.9 million in punitive damages Thursday in an Engle progeny case, the first time four companies have been found to be the cause of one smoker's death, a plaintiff's attorney said.

The widow of longtime smoker Johnnie Calloway claimed Philip Morris, R.J. Reynolds, Lorillard Tobacco Co. and Liggett Group LLC were responsible for his death, as he smoked cigarettes made by each company over his lifetime. The suit...
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