FORT LAUDERDALE - Rita Mahfuz never had a chance to fend off her nearly two pack a day cigarette addiction, a Broward County jury ruled in rewarding her estate $37 million in damages on Feb. 28, in a suit that found both R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris liable.
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The trial of a tobacco company found largely responsible for the death of a 39-year-old Florida man ended dramatically Monday in the punitive damages stage as the jury sent a note to the judge stating they were deadlocked.
Tobacco companies say not liable for lung cancer of Cuban immigrant who began smoking long before arriving in US
Lawyers for two big tobacco companies defending themselves against charges that they were responsible for the lung cancer of an individual are arguing that a Cuban native began smoking long before he came to the United States and used their brands.