A San Francisco Superior Court judge issued an extraordinary and virtually unprecedented indictment of the tobacco industry Tuesday, even as he halved a recent punitive damage award to a smoker to $25 million.
Denying defendant Philip Morris Cos. Inc.’s request for a new trial and judgment notwithstanding the verdict, Judge John Munter reasoned that $25 million is a large enough award to deter Philip Morris from similar conduct in the future.
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