A nine-year-old products liability case produced a major victory over tobacco companies Wednesday when a Florida appeals court upheld a $24.8 million award to a man who died of cancer shortly after trial. The appellate panel offered no legal reasoning in its unsigned one-paragraph decision in John Lukacs' case against cigarette makers Philip Morris USA, Brown & Williamson and Liggett Group. Several plaintiffs attorneys said the decision is a landmark that will embolden those fighting tobacco companies.
Fla. Court Upholds $24 Million Verdict Against Tobacco Companies
Daily Business Review
March 19, 2010