Philip Morris Gets Ex-Smoker’s $10.5 Million Verdict Overturned

Sept. 23, 2021, 5:45 PM

A former smoker’s $10.5 million jury verdict for fraud must be reversed because he didn’t show legally sufficient wrongful conduct by Philip Morris USA Inc. within the 12 years before he filed suit, a Florida appeals court ruled.

The case is “analytically challenging” due to the complex timeline, the Florida Third District Court of Appeal said Wednesday. But Philip Morris had largely renounced its earlier positions—including that filtered cigarettes were safer than non-filtered ones—before the so-called repose period in Edward Principe’s suit began under Florida law, it said.

Principe wasn’t a member of the class decertified in Engle v. Liggett ...

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