October 29, 2010

Philip Morris wins sixth straight trial in Florida smoker litigation

We've been reporting periodically on the string of trials taking place in Florida in the wake of the Florida Supreme Court's Engle decision, which tossed out a $145 billion punitive damages award against the tobacco industry and required the plaintiffs to assert their claims in individual trials.  This story in the Richmond-Times Dispatch reports that Philip Morris and other tobacco company defendants won a defense verdict yesterday, their sixth straight victory.  Despite some early victories for the plaintiffs in these trials, the tide seems to be turning in favor of the defense.

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After Reversal of $145 Billion Class Action Punitive Damages Award, Florida Smokers Seek Punitive Damages in Individual Suits

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