Fla. Jury Hands $8M Award To Smoker’s Widow

Law360, New York (February 18, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- A Florida jury on Wednesday ordered Philip Morris USA to pay $8 million to a woman whose husband died of lung cancer after chain smoking for decades.

A jury in the 17th Judicial Circuit of Florida handed down the award just days after finding nicotine addiction to blame in the death of Stuart Hess, a ruling that marked a significant advance in the first of roughly 8,000 cases to go to trial in Florida since the state Supreme Court overturned a $145 billion jury award and...
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