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BREAKING UPDATE: $14M in Punitives Pushes Verdict for Smoker's Widow to $21M Total in Trial Against Philip Morris & RJR

Posted by Arlin Crisco on May 21, 2018 10:11:55 PM

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5/24/18 9AM Update: The Florida state court jury imposed a $10 million punitive verdict against Philip Morris and another $4 million against R.J. Reynolds after deliberating for about four hours Wednesday in the second phase of trial over the lung cancer death of Fred Theis. The punitive verdict brings the total damage award to $21 million. 

5/22/18 11:51 AM Update: Jurors awarded $7 million to the widow of a Florida smoker, and concluded punitive damages are potentially warranted, after finding R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris responsible for his lung cancer death. The jury, which also found the cigarette makers liable on fraud and conspiracy claims, apportioned 60% of fault to Philip Morris, 15% to Reynolds and 25% to Fred Theis, the smoker at the center of the case. Punitive proceedings are slated to begin this afternoon. 

Venice, FL—Attorneys sparred Monday over what, if any, responsibility the nation’s two largest cigarette makers bore for the lung cancer death of a long-time Florida smoker, as closings wrapped before the case went to the jury. Theis v. Philip Morris, et al., 2011-CA-001941.

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Topics: Theis v. Philip Morris, et al., Florida, tobacco, Engle Progeny