A federal appeals court has upheld a $27 million verdict handed down more than six years ago against Philip Morris USA Inc in favor of a now-deceased woman who developed lung disease from smoking.
Circuit Judge Beverly Martin, writing for a unanimous panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, on Tuesday rejected the company’s argument that the $20.76 million punitive damages award, more than triple the $6.25 million compensatory damages, was unconstitutionally excessive.
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