Philip Morris Case Gives Defendants Hope For Lower Damages

Law360, New York (December 12, 2012, 10:01 PM EST) -- A Florida appeals court ruled Wednesday that a judge should have ordered a new trial when he determined a $300 million jury award against Philip Morris USA Inc. was too high, and not simply reduced the total — a decision that gives second life to companies that can show jurors' anger unduly influenced damages.

At issue in the appeal was $36.8 million in damages awarded by Judge Jeffrey Streitfeld to plaintiff Lucinda Naugle, who claimed smoking caused her severe emphysema. Naugle’s lawsuit was one of thousands...
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