Broward Circuit Court jury has decided that four tobacco companies are responsible for the death of a Lauderhill man and must pay his widow $73.32 million in damages.
The jury found R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Lorilland Tobacco Co., Ligget Group, and Phillip Morris USA, liable for $20.5 million in compensatory damages and $54.85 million in punitive damages.
According to a family attorney, the award for the survivors of the cement finisher who died from bladder cancer and heart disease is among the top ten of 43 verdicts that have been found for plaintiffs in Florida tobacco trials so far. The largest has been around $300 million.
Sixty-three lawsuits have gone to trial so far and some 7,000 are still pending.
The father of eight smoked three packs of cigarettes a day and died in 1992 at the age of 59. His widow, who was married to the victim for twenty years, said that she hopes the verdict sends a message to tobacco companies.
“I’m glad justice is served and I want them out of business,” she told the Florida Sun Sentinel.
A spokesman for Philip Morris USA says that the company will appeal the verdict.
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