Tobacco Cos.' Punitives Bump Lung Cancer Verdict To $6M

By Brandon Lowrey (November 18, 2016, 3:02 PM EST) -- A Florida jury on Friday hit Philip Morris USA Inc. and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. with punitive damages that bumped the total verdict to $6 million in a widower's Engle progeny lawsuit over his wife's lung cancer death.

The punitive damages, $450,000 against Philip Morris and $200,000 against R.J. Reynolds, were a far cry from the $12.5 million that plaintiff Stanley Martin had requested a day earlier.

"These companies, R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris, only know one thing," Martin's attorney, Eric Rosen of Kelley/Uustal, told jurors Thursday. "They only know one thing, and it's money."

The verdict comes after Martin's $5.4...

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