Philip Morris, Liggett Hit With $12.6M Engle Verdict

Law360, New York (August 26, 2013, 5:47 PM EDT) -- A Florida jury slapped Philip Morris USA Inc. and Liggett Group LLC with a $12.6 million verdict on Friday in an Engle progeny case brought by a 66-year-old man who allegedly developed emphysema after smoking the companies' cigarettes for decades.

The two companies concealed important information about the health and addiction risks of smoking, which helped cause plaintiff John Rizzuto's emphysema, the jury determined.

The case stems from the decertification of a class action by the Florida Supreme Court in 2006, in Engle v. Liggett Group...
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