Our client started smoking cigarettes when she was 14 years old and soon thereafter became addicted. In the early 1980’s, she made numerous attempts to quit smoking and was finally successful in the 1990’s. Several years after she quit smoking, she was diagnosed with lung cancer.
The case was tried in Manhattan Supreme Court by Stuart Finz, the senior partner at Finz & Finz, P.C., and seconded-seated by Todd Rubin. After seven weeks of trial, the jury found Philip Morris USA Inc. and Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation liable for the injuries sustained by our client. Philip Morris USA Inc. was also held liable for punitive damages.
The jury awarded $3,420,000.00 for pain and suffering, and hit Philip Morris USA Inc. with $17,100,000.00 in punitive damages for intentionally manipulating their cigarettes to addict.