Fla. Court Cuts $16.2M From Philip Morris Engle Award

Law360, Chicago (November 28, 2012, 6:24 PM EST) -- A Florida appellate court on Wednesday reversed a $16.2 million punitive damages award in an Engle progeny case against Philip Morris USA Inc., saying a trial court should not have prevented the tobacco giant from arguing the plaintiff waited too long to bring her conspiracy claim.

The appellate panel affirmed the $8 million in compensatory damages a jury handed long-time smoker Ellen Tate, but said Philip Morris should be allowed to assert the statute of repose as a defense to Tate's claim that she suffered from...
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