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Jurors Hold Philip Morris USA Accountable for Engaging in 50-Year Conspiracy


September 19, 2014


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A jury in a Florida federal court this week returned a $27,0100,000.14 verdict against Philip Morris USA Inc. In 1958, plaintiff Judith Berger started smoking when she was 14 years old and began smoking a pack a day by age 16. At the trial, evidence was introduced showing that 90 percent of daily cigarette smokers start smoking as teenagers and that the tobacco industry targeted youth for this very reason. The $27 million verdict included a punitive damages award of 20,760,000 dollars and 14 cents.

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