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Massachusetts wrongful death verdict of $35M upheld

On behalf of posted in wrongful death on Friday June 28, 2013

In 2002, a Massachusetts woman in failing health gave a video deposition for use in her lawsuit against the Lorillard Tobacco Co. She was seeking monetary damages from the company for negligence in causing or contributing to her addiction to tobacco. She died before the trial commenced, and her surviving son continued the litigation as a wrongful death claim. At trial, jurors viewed portions of the deceased woman's video testimony. The jury subsequently returned a verdict in excess of $150 million. The jury verdict was later reduced by the trial court to $116 million. Of that amount, $35 million was…

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