Tobacco Cos. Must Pay Fees In $10.5M Case, Fla. Court Says

Law360, Miami (October 25, 2017, 6:25 PM EDT) -- A Florida appeals court ruled Wednesday that a smoker's widower who won a $10.5 million verdict against three tobacco companies is entitled to attorneys' fees under the state's offer of judgment statute, declaring that his service of a proposed settlement via postal mail, and not email, was sufficient.

Florida's Fourth District Court of Appeal said John McCoy, whose wife Glodine McCoy died of smoking-related lung cancer, is entitled to an award of attorneys' fees because his service by mail of a settlement offer to Philip Morris USA Inc., R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Lorillard Tobacco Co. complied with the requirements of...

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