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Altria must pay $8 million in smoker’s death

The biggest U.S. cigarette maker, Altria, must pay $8 million to the family of a smoker who died of lung cancer. A jury recently that Altria is liable for $3 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages over a smoker’s wrongful death in a cigarette product liability lawsuit. This is the first verdict in thousands of product liability lawsuits filed after a court refused to reinstate a punitive-damages verdict awarded to a statewide class of smokers in 2006.

To read more about the cigarette-maker product liability lawsuit.