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Fla. Supreme Court OKs Punitive Damages In Engle Suits

Law360, Miami (March 17, 2016, 11:30 AM EDT) -- The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the widow of a smoker who died of lung cancer can seek punitive damages against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. on strict liability and negligence claims, resolving an appellate split on the issue and marking a big win for Engle progeny plaintiffs.

The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. can face claims for punitive damages in Engle progeny cases. (Credit: AP) The state's high court overturned a First District Court of Appeal decision denying plaintiff Lucille Soffer's bid for punitive damages, ruling that the trial court's denial of the motion to...

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