A South Florida jury has ordered Philip Morris USA to pay $300 million to a former smoker, agreeing that the tobacco company's negligence was the cause of her emphysema. The award for Cindy Naugle, 61, is the largest to date among 8,000 lawsuits filed in the state against tobacco companies. The award amounts to $56 million in compensatory and $244 million in punitive damages against Philip Morris USA, a unit of Altria Group. The company said it will seek further review of the verdict.
Fla. Jury Orders Philip Morris to Pay $300M to Former Smoker
The Associated Press
November 20, 2009