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May 7, 2007

California Smoker Gets Higher Damages on Re-trial

A California smoker whose $1.7 million compensatory damages verdict was overturned on appeal in 2004, won $2.5 million in compensatory damages in a second trial of the case.  At the conclusion of the first trial in 2000, the plaintiff also won $20 million in punitive damages against the two defendants, Philip Morris and R. J. Reynolds.  The entire first verdict was overturned when the California appellate court concluded that the defendants could not be held liable for certain conduct during a 10-year period closed by the California legislature beginning in 1988.  In the retrial, only R. J. Reynolds will face the prospect of punitive damages.  See Matthew Hirsch's story for The Recorder.


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