Florida Court Certifies Tobacco Punitive Damages Issue To State Supreme Court

Florida Court Certifies Tobacco Punitive Damages Issue To State Supreme Court

LAKELAND, Fla. - The Second District Florida Court of Appeal on Oct. 18 certified to the state Supreme Court whether tobacco injury and wrongful death plaintiffs may recover punitive damages for negligence and strict liability claims, affirming a $2.5 million verdict while acknowledging that the ruling conflicts with others (Philip Morris USA Inc., $(f/k/a Philip Morris Incorporated$), et al. v. Theodore Hallgren, Personal Representative of the Estate of Claire Hallgren, Case No. 2D12-2549, Fla. App., 2nd Dist.; 2013 Fla. App. LEXIS 16640).

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