Miami—A Cuban immigrant who lost a lung and suffers from emphysema won a $1.1 million verdict, plus possible punitive damages, against Philip Morris Tuesday for the company’s role in a scheme to hide the dangers of cigarettes. Martin v. Philip Morris, 07-CA-34267.
Miami, FL—A $5+ million claim against Philip Morris for a former smoker’s lung cancer ended in mistrial Monday, just days after openings, because a prospective juror shared information during voir dire about a prior $20 million award in a similar case. Martin v. Philip Morris, et al., 07-34267-CA.
Mounting a strong defense in a trial's punitive phase can be daunting. A defense attorney is often faced with convincing jurors that the defendant they just found committed wrongdoing egregious enough to warrant harsh punishment has actually changed enough to mitigate that same punishment. King & Spalding's Ursula Henninger met that task by turning the tables on the idea that a tobacco giant only had an eye for profits. Martin v. Philip Morris, et al., 2007-CV-036440.
Fort Lauderdale, FL—Jurors Friday awarded $650,000 in punitive damages on top of a nearly $5.5 million compensatory judgment earlier in the week to the widower of a woman with a half-century smoking habit that left her with coronary heart disease and lung cancer. Martin v. Philip Morris, et al., 2007-CV-036440.