California appeals court upholds 13.8 million judgment against tobacco company

The Second District Court of Appeals in Los Angeles on Wednesday upheld a $13.8 million judgment against Philip Morris in the death of 45-year-old lifelong smoker Betty Bullock.

Family of the deceased won the case after accusing the company of fraud by using deceptive marketing tactics.

Philip Morris argued that the punitive judgment should simply match the judgment for pain and suffering, $850,000, as Bullock’s health was mitigated by her conduct.

The three-judge panel voted 2-1 to uphold the judgment and all three judges rejected Philip Morris’ reasoning.

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