Fla. Court Throws Out $17M Award Against Big Tobacco

Law360, Miami (May 10, 2013, 9:13 PM EDT) -- A Florida appeals court on Friday reversed a $16.8 million judgment against Philip Morris USA Inc. and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. for the family of a woman who died of smoking-related diseases, ruling a trial court had prematurely declared her a member of the landmark Engle class action.

Florida's First District Court of Appeal said the trial court had erred when it directed a verdict in favor of Andy Allen, who sued on behalf of his wife Patty Allen, on the issue of her membership in...
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