Appeals Court Throws Out Costly Tobacco Case

Law360, New York (April 11, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A New York state appeals court on Thursday reversed an award of $20.5 million in compensatory and punitive damages and dismissed a suit brought by a 73-year-old cancer survivor and former smoker against Brown & Williamson Holdings Inc. and Philip Morris USA.

In a 3-2 decision, the Appellate Division of New York, First Department, said that a jury was wrong to award the damages to Norma Rose and her husband in a case alleging that the cigarettes she smoked from the 1960s to 1993 were negligently...
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