In a major victory for tobacco companies, a New York appellate court Thursday reversed a 73-year-old lung cancer victim's $3.4 million compensatory damage award against two industry giants and threw out $17.1 million in punitive damages against Philip Morris USA. The court held that Norma Rose failed to prove that Brown & Williamson Holdings and Philip Morris negligently designed cigarettes by continuing to market a product with higher levels of tar and nicotine than so-called "light cigarettes."
Tobacco Companies Win Upset of Damages Award
New York Law Journal
April 11, 2008