$24M Tobacco Award Was Wrongly Capped, 2nd Circ. Hears

Law360, New York (July 23, 2012, 8:03 PM EDT) -- A woman who won $24 million from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. in a lawsuit accusing the company of causing her throat cancer said Friday the Second Circuit should overturn a district judge’s ruling that Connecticut law limits punitive damages to attorneys’ fees.

Plaintiff Barbara Izzarelli’s appeal aims to resolve a state law question of whether statutory punitive damages awarded in a Connecticut Product Liability Act suit are subject to Connecticut's common law rule of punitive damages, which limits them to a plaintiff's litigation expenses. Izzarelli argues...
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