$30M Awarded In Buonomo Tobacco Trial

Posted by msch on May 20, 2010 2:33:00 PM


The jury in Buonomo v. R.J. Reynolds awarded over $30M in damages: $0.4M in past medical expenses, $4.8M in compensatory damages to Matthew Buonomo's wife, Connie Buonomo, and $25M in punitive damages.

The jury assigned 77.5% fault to R.J. Reynolds, and 22.5% fault to Matthew Buonomo.

In closing argument, the plaintiffs had asked for $13M in compensatory damages, and $62M in punitive damages.  The defense suggested that in addition to the $405K in past medical expenses, $250K would compensate Connie Buonomo for the loss of her husband, and even if punitive damages were assessed, an amount of $250K was warranted, because it would effectively double the compensatory award.

CVN's Engle-Progeny Verdict Tracker shows the trend in Engle verdicts.

CVN's Engle-Progeny tobacco trial verdict tracking chart. 

CVN webcast the Buonomo tobacco trial live. 


Topics: Toxic Torts, Buonomo v. Reynolds, Products Liability, Tobacco Litigation