October 26, 2016

Two big punitive damages awards in Florida this week

It's a good week to be a Florida plaintiff seeking punitive damages.

CVN news reports that a Fort Lauderdale jury has awarded a smoker's family $20 million in punitive damages (on top of $9 million in compensatory damages) against R.J. Reynolds.

And The Real Deal reports that a bankruptcy judge in Miami has awarded $12.5 million in punitive damages against developer D.R. Horton for allegedly improper lending practices that contributed to the bankruptcy of a homeowners association.