Punitive Damages Vacated; Appeals Panel Says Judge Erred In Denying Defense

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A Florida appeals court has vacated $25 million in punitive damages from a $29.1 million total verdict, saying Sept. 25 that the trial judge erred by striking the defendant's statute of repose defense on fraudulent concealment and conspiracy to commit fraud by concealment (R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company v. Connie Buonomo, No. 4D10-3543, Fla. App., 4th Dist.; 2013 Fla. App. LEXIS 15117).

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