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Florida ex-smoker awarded record $300 million in damages

FORT LAUDERDALE — Philip Morris has been ordered to pay a former smoker $300 million in damages, the largest award to date among thousands of lawsuits filed in the state against tobacco companies.

A Broward Circuit Court jury ruled for Cindy Naugle on Thursday afternoon, agreeing the tobacco company's negligence was the cause of her emphysema.

The case is one of 8,000 lawsuits filed against tobacco companies by Florida smokers and their families.

Naugle's attorneys say it's the largest Florida tobacco verdict to date.

Naugle, 61, started smoking in 1968 when she was 20. She quit in 1993 with the aid of a nicotine patch, though her health continues to suffer.

Florida ex-smoker awarded record $300 million in damages 11/19/09 [Last modified: Thursday, November 19, 2009 11:25pm]
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