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Aug 20, 2009

Jury awards $1.5 million in smoking case

A Jackson County jury has awarded $1.5 million in punitive damages in a lawsuit against tobacco company Brown & Williamson. The amount is a fraction of the $110 million plaintiffs’ attorney Ken McClain requested in closing arguments yesterday. It’s also far less than the $20 million in punitive damages that was awarded in the same […]

Aug 19, 2009

Plaintiff seeks $110M in punitives at tobacco trial

A plaintiff’s attorney has asked a Jackson County jury to award $110 million in punitive damages against Brown & Williamson Tobacco Co. In closing arguments this morning, Ken McClain, of Humphrey, Farrington & McClain, urged the jury to make the tobacco company take the high road in its future business dealings. “They don’t think you’re […]

Aug 12, 2009

Tobacco trial enters punitive phase

The question in a cigarette lawsuit in Independence is no longer if, but how much. The lengthy trial against Brown & Williamson Tobacco Co. has entered its final phase, where jurors will decide how much the company should shell out in punitive damages. A Jackson County jury reached a decision yesterday that the cigarette company […]

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