Court Upholds Reversal Of $20.5M Tobacco Damages

Law360, New York (December 17, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- The New York State Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court's decision to reverse an award of $20.5 million in compensatory and punitive damages in a suit brought by the relative of a deceased smoker against Brown & Williamson Holdings Inc. and Philip Morris USA.

Judge Robert S. Smith issued an opinion on Tuesday on behalf of a 6-1 majority upholding an appeals court’s ruling that a jury should not have awarded damages to Norma Rose and her husband in a case alleging that the...
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