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US court awards $145bn damages against tobacco giants

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7255.193 (Published 22 July 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:193
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. Florida

    After a trial lasting two years and hearing 157 witnesses, a six member jury in a Miami court awarded $145bn (£97bn) in punitive damages against five major US tobacco companies.

    The class action lawsuit, originally filed by a husband and wife legal team, Stanley and Susan Rosenblatt, in 1994 on behalf of an estimated 300000–700000 smokers in Florida, created a sensation as the largest punitive damages award in …

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