Putney v. RJ Reynolds

VERDICT

Trial
04/05/10 – 04/26/10

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Summary

Margot Putney, the decedent in this Engle-progeny tobacco trial, died in 1995. According to the plaintiff, and Ms. Putney's treating oncologist, Ms. Putney died from small-cell lung cancer caused by smoking.

According to the defense, Ms. Putney died of thyroid cancer, not lung cancer. The defense argued that Ms. Putney had neither symptoms of lung cancer, nor a mass in her lungs, and the metastasis suggested that the cancer probably started in the thyroid.

The jury awarded compensatory and punitive damages totaling more than $20M.

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Outcome

Verdict to the Plaintiff's:
approx. 85K in medical/funeral costs
15M in compensatory damages
5M in punitive damages

Sessions

APR
6
AM Session
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0 Chapters
PM Session
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APR
9
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15
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19
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PM Session
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APR
23

Recording Disclaimer: This proceeding was recorded in full.

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