A second federal Engle case on culpability in the death of a smoker has been decided in favour of two tobacco companies, Philip Morris USA said in a statement.
A U.S. District Court jury in Jacksonville, Florida, held the smoker responsible for her actions, the tobacco company said in a statement on 19 March. The case is McCray v RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company et al 3:09-cv-11895-RBD-JBT.
The progeny case stems from a 2006 Florida Supreme Court decision that decertified a class action but allowed former class-action members in the suit originally brought by Howard Engle, a deceased Florida doctor, to file individual claims and rely on general findings from the first class action. (ci)