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$42.5M Verdict Against Philip Morris & RJR in Smoker's Death Retrial

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R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris were hit with a $42.5 million total verdict in a retrial over the 1996 cancer death of a Florida smoker. Gloger v. R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris, 2011-CA-23377.

The award includes $15 million in compensatory damages as well as an $11 million punitive award imposed against Philip Morris and $16.5 million in punitive damages imposed against Reynolds for the responsibility jurors found the companies bore for Irene Gloger’s lung cancer. 

Gloger, who had smoked for decades, died at 47, about a year after she quit smoking. Her family contends a tobacco industry-wide conspiracy to hide the dangers of smoking throughout much of the 20th century hooked Gloger to cigarettes and ultimately led to her fatal cancer. 

Read the source article at CVN News

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