On Thursday, Jurors awarded 9.7 million to a smoker who died of lung cancer in 2013. Greene V. Philip Morris ended with an 8-hour long juror deliberation, resulting in them finding Philip Morris involvement to hide the dangers of smoking, lead to Patricia Greene’s death. Over $6 million was awarded for Geene’s pain and suffering. However, the total of $9.7 million was short of what the plaintiffs requested. The original demand was $29.4 million. However, the jurors only found the tobacco giant liable for claims on conspiracy. The company was cleared of the other counts, including breach of merchantability warranty claim.
Mrs. Greene began to smoke in middle school and continued the habit for the majority of her life. Six years ago, she was diagnosed with lung cancer, and then kidney failure, which resulted from chemotherapy. Mrs. Greene claimed that her lung cancer, and then kidney failure resulted directly from smoking. According to the suit, she accused Phillip Morris of knowing how dangerous cigarettes were. She argued that Phillip Morris joined forces with other tobacco companies in order to hide the negative effects of smoking.
During the month-long trial, Greene’s legal team showed proof that the big cigarette companies worked for decades to undercut public health information. “They got together, they formed a conspiracy to deny the health charge, even though they knew that smoking was dangerous and nicotine was addictive.” The attorney for Greene said, after showing documents highlighting the charges brought against Phillip Morris.
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