Fla. Appeals Court Likely To Zero Out $148M Punitive Award

By Carolina Bolado (March 1, 2022, 4:32 PM EST) -- A $148 million punitive damages award for the husband of a smoker who died of lung disease will likely be wiped out by a recent Florida Supreme Court decision, but a $9.2 million compensatory damages award appeared Tuesday to also be on the chopping block because the smoker was not married to his partner when he first got sick.

In oral arguments in West Palm Beach, the Fourth District Court of Appeal judges indicated that the state Supreme Court's November decision in Sheffield v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., which applied a 1999 law limiting punitive damages to Engle progeny cases, would...

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