November 20, 2009

Florida Jury Awards $244 Million in Punitive Damages to Smoker

As reported by Reuters, a Florida jury has awarded $56.6 million in compensatory damages and $244 million in punitive damages to a smoker with emphysema. This is by far the largest verdict in the 8,000 or so individual trials that are proceeding in Florida as a result of the Florida Supreme Court's 2006 Engle decision, which tossed out a $145 billion class action punitive damages award.

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