02/16/2012 09:29:30 AM EST
Florida Appeals Court Rules $40.8M Award Excessive In Tobacco Case
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. A Florida appeals court overturned a $40.8 million punitive damages verdict in a tobacco wrongful death case as excessive on Feb. 14 but let stand a $10.8 million award of compensatory damages, the highest so far in Florida tobacco litigation (R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company v. Lyantie Townsend, No. ID104585, Fla. App., 1st Dist.).
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