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Landmark tobacco cases come to fruition

The Associated Press
Friday May 24, 2002

xLandmark cases brought by individual smokers against the tobacco industry, listing date, location, award, parties and status: 

— March: Portland, Ore., $150 million punitive, Schwarz v. Philip Morris. On appeal. (Reduced to $100 million by judge in May). 

— February: Kansas City, Kan., $196,000 compensatory, Burton v. RJR Tobacco and The American Tobacco Co. Punitive damage ruling pending. 

— June 2001: Los Angeles, $3 billion punitive, Boeken v. Philip Morris. On appeal. (Reduced to $100 million by judge in August 2001). 

— October 2000: Tampa, Fla., $200,000 compensatory, Jones v. RJR Tobacco. Overturned. 

— March 2000: San Francisco, $20 million punitive, Whiteley v. Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds Corp. On appeal. 

— March 1999: Portland, Ore., $79.5 million punitive, Williams-Branch v. Philip Morris. On appeal. (Reduced to $32 million by judge). 

— February 1999: San Francisco, $50 million punitive. Henley v. Philip Morris. On appeal. (Reduced to $25 million by judge). 

— June 1998: Jacksonville, Fla., $552,000 compensatory and $450,000 punitive. Widdick v. Brown & Williamson. Overturned. 

— August 1996: Jacksonville, Fla., $750,000 compensatory. Carter v. Brown & Williamson. First and only tobacco payment: $1.1 million (including interest) in March 2001. 

Source: Tobacco Products Liability Project of Northeastern University; AP archives.