Fla. High Court Keeps Big Tobacco Open To Punitive Damages

Law360, Miami (April 2, 2015, 1:11 PM EDT) -- The Florida Supreme Court kept punitive damages within the grasp of many Engle progeny plaintiffs when it ruled Thursday that they do not have to show individual reliance on Big Tobacco's statements in the 12 years leading up to the filing of the suit in order to prove fraudulent concealment claims.

In two much-anticipated rulings, the court held that a defendant's last act or omission triggers Florida's fraud statute of repose, which runs for the dozen years after the date the fraud was committed. If there...
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