Miami-Dade jury awards Keys man $5 million in case against Philip Morris

 

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A Miami-Dade jury on Friday issued a $5 million judgment against tobacco giant Philip Morris in a product-liability case involving a Florida Keys man who smoked Marlboro cigarettes from 1965 to 2009.

Antonio CuCulino, 69, who was diagnosed with coronary heart disease in 1994, was held partly at fault for his disease.

The six-person jury, after a two-week Circuit Court trial, returned a verdict of $12.5 million but reduced it by 60 percent, citing the smoker's inability to quit his one-and-half-pack-a-day habit after developing heart disease.

The jury also found no basis for punitive damages against Philip Morris.

In addition, RJ Reynolds was found not liable for the plaintiff’s illness. CuCulino had smoked Pall Mall cigarettes from 1958 to 1965.

CuCulino was represented by attorneys Allan Kaiser and Jeffrey Sloman of the Ferraro Law Firm in Miami.

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