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4th Circuit Court of Duval County

This post-Engle tobacco suit involved a complaint by a widow whose husband perished from lung cancer. The matter was resolved via jury verdict.

The plaintiff Gloria B. is the widow of the late William B., Jr. The plaintiff’s husband, a long-time smoker perished in ________ of lung cancer. The plaintiff asserted that her late husband’s death was caused by his addiction to cigarettes manufactured by the defendants, Philip Morris USA and R.J. Reynolds.

The plaintiff filed suit in the Circuit Court of Duval County, Florida, accusing Philip Morris USA and R.J. Reynolds of fraudulent concealment and manufacturing a cigarettes resulting in her husband’s fatal cancer. The plaintiff sought compensatory and punitive damages from both companies. The defendants denied the accusation.The jury found the defendants at fault in the death of William B. through the use of their product. The jury found Philip Morris 30% percent at fault, with 30% assigned to RJ Reynolds and 40% to the deceased himself. The plaintiff was awarded $5 million in damages.

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