$50m record damages awarded against tobacco companyBMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7182.481 (Published 20 February 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:481
- Uy Hoang
A terminally ill former smoker was awarded $50m (£31.25m) punitive damages against Philip Morris, the United States's largest tobacco company last week. Lawyers for the company have said that they would appeal.
The award, the largest to date in a tobacco liability lawsuit filed by an individual and more than three times the amount the plaintiff's lawyers had asked for, was applauded by antismoking forces and was seen …