Philip Morris Seeks New Trial After 'Grossly Excessive' Verdict

Law360 (February 14, 2019, 5:07 PM EST) -- Philip Morris USA Inc. continued its attempt to overturn a $20 million punitive damages award for a now-deceased smoker by asking a Florida federal court Wednesday for a new trial or a reduced punitive damages award, calling the jury’s verdict “grossly excessive.”

The tobacco company, which fought the $27 million total verdict to the family of smoker Judith Berger but was rebuffed by the Eleventh Circuit, told the Middle District of Florida that it should grant a new trial because the “punitive verdict is so excessive that it could only have been the result of passion and prejudice.”

The court had...

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