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Smoker's Widower Awarded $1.5M In Engle Trial

Law360, Los Angeles (July 19, 2016, 7:57 PM EDT) -- A Florida jury on Tuesday awarded $1.5 million to a man whose wife died of lung cancer after decades of smoking, but found that Philip Morris USA Inc. was only partially liable for her death and let R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. escape liability completely.

The jury in Fort Lauderdale reached the decision after about a day of deliberations. Philip Morris was 25 percent responsible for Virginia Varner's death, and Varner herself bears the other 75 percent of the blame, jurors found.

Scott Schlesinger of Schlesinger Law...
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