Jury awards $28bn in punitive damages to former smokerBMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7368.794/a (Published 12 October 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:794
- Fred Charatan
A Los Angeles jury has awarded $28bn (£18bn; £29bn) punitive damages to Betty Bullock, aged 64, of Newport Beach, California, a former smoker with lung cancer, against tobacco giant Philip Morris. It is the largest punitive damage amount ever awarded to an individual in a smoking case, and is likely to be reduced on appeal.
Michael Piuze, the lawyer who represented Ms Bullock, had won the previous record, $3bn, in California last year (BMJ2001;321:1445). In September …