Friday, April 29, 2011

Jacksonville jury awards $40 million in tobacco case

A Jacksonville jury this afternoon awarded $34 million in punitive damages from two tobacco companies to the husband of a woman who died after smoking for 36 years.

That amount is on top of a $6 million verdict against the tobacco companies yesterday in the lawsuit brought by Andy Allen against R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris. Allen's wife Patty died in 2002 at 54.

The verdict is the third largest of the post-Engle cases that have gone to trial, according to the Tobacco Products Liability Project at Northeastern University, which monitors tobacco lawsuits.

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