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Judge Reduces $300 Million Award in Philip Morris Case

I wrote on December 7, 2009 that a Florida jury had awarded $300 million to an ex-smoker with emphysema. Cindy Naugle’s case was one of many formerly involved in a class action against Philip Morris.
On February 25, 2010, law360.com reported that the trial judge reduced the judgment to $30.9 million, finding that the original award was “excessive” and “shocking,” and the result of passion on the part of the jury.
In the initial award, the jury found the ex-smoker 10% at fault and a subsidiary of Philip Morris 90% at fault for the emphysema, resulting in a compensatory damages award of more than $56 million and $244 million in punitive damages.
An appeal is expected.

“Florida Jury Awards Ex- Smoker $300 Million in Damages.”