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11th Circ. Affirms $7.5M Tobacco Award In Engle Progeny Suit

Law360 (March 7, 2018, 10:05 PM EST) -- The Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a $7.5 million jury verdict against R.J. Reynolds, Philip Morris and Lorillard for a smoker suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, ruling that the district court did not err in its instructions to the jury or in failing to declare a mistrial after a medical incident in the courtroom.

The appeals court upheld the $5 million compensatory damages award and $2.5 million punitive damages award for smoker Pauline Burkhart, who is one of the thousands of smokers who filed individual...
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Case Title

Pauline Burkhart v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, et al


Case Number

14-14708

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Appellate - 11th Circuit

Nature of Suit

4365 Personal Injury-Product Liability

Date Filed

October 15, 2014

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