Recently, the Missouri Supreme Court decided in a family's favor regarding a lawsuit over the wrongful death of a smoker. According to the Associated Press, the Missouri Supreme Court upheld a $1.5 million settlement that had been granted to the family in an appellate court case. The $1.5 million is solely for punitive damages stemming from the smoker's death.
The History of This Case
At one point, a court permitted a $20 million award to plaintiffs, but this was returned for a new trial. After the case was re-tried, the court determined a $1.5 million judgment. This was appealed by both the family and Brown & Williamson Tobacco. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the lawsuit has been going on for a long time. The Kansas City Business Journal reports that the decedent smoked Kool cigarettes made by Brown & Williamson Tobacco for more than 45 years.
This was prior to her diagnosis of lung cancer. The victim died from the cancer, and her family then sued the cigarette manufacturer. A lower court awarded the family $20 million in punitive damages with an additional $500,000 in compensatory damages.
The Missouri Court of Appeals ruled that the punitive damages were allowable only on one of the three counts that the family was claiming. At the second court case, the jury awarded the family $1.5 million in damages. Dispute the fact that both parties appealed the settlement, the Missouri Court of Appeals upheld it.
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