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Tobacco Cos. Aim To Duck Punitive Damages In Death Case

Law360 (July 12, 2018, 10:13 PM EDT) -- R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris asked a Florida jury on Thursday not to add punitive damages to the $2.1 million it awarded a fortnight ago over the death of a longtime smoker who worked at a Miami-area hospital in the early 1990s when smoking was still allowed inside.

The tobacco companies’ lawyer said the verdict awarded at the end of June in the Engle-progeny case to Myron “Mickey” Kaplan, husband of the late Sheila Kaplan, was enough. The two were married for 36 years before Sheila...
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