The daughter of a Florida woman who died of lung cancer in 1993 was awarded USD 20 million (EUR 14.7 million) in an Engle progeny case, the Winston-Salem Journal said.
About 8,000 plaintiffs have Engle cases pending, the newspaper said. Engle progeny lawsuits stem from a 2006 decision by the Florida Supreme Court to decertify a class-action suit bearing the name of Howard Engle, but allow individual damage claims using findings from the class-action case.
Of 116 Engle cases that have reached a verdict, 77 were in favour of the plaintiffs and 39 for defendants, according to information from the Tobacco Products Liability Project at Northeastern University cited by the Journal.
In the latest ruling, a jury determined plaintiff Gwendolyn Odom was entitled to USD 6 million in compensatory and USD 14 million in punitive damages, the Journal said, citing the legal information website Law360.com as its source.