AMERICAN JUSTICE, at war against the cigarette manufacturers, has placed the bar very high financial penalties. A Los Angeles court yesterday condemned Philip Morris to pay $ 28 billion (nearly 28 billion euros, 183 billion) in damages to a woman of 64 years, suffering from lung cancer. The manufacturer, who made the announcement, has decided to request a new trial if the verdict was not canceled. Otherwise, it will appeal. They are in addition to 875,000 dollars already obtained last week by the Californian. Betty Bullock started smoking at age 17. She ate mostly cigarette brand Benson and Hedges (Philip Morris Group) when it was diagnosed in February 2001, cancer became incurable. The lawsuit by the patient has lasted a month. Philip Morris, the worlds leading cigarette, was accused of having concealed the process of addiction to smoking. his lung cancer.
He should have determined, according to him, if the company had encouraged her to smoke or not to stop. Instead, it seems, he notes that this finding relates to public health topics, which can not fairly be decided in such a trial. Last year, this lawyer had already obtained a court in Los Angeles record a conviction against Philip Morris, forced to pay then $ 3 billion to a smoker. A Florida judge had done him a shot together, allocating $ 145 billion to sick smokers. In this case, the financial sanctions have hit U.S. manufacturers. Yesterday, after the announcement of the trial, which have welcomed the anti-tobacco organizations, large companies have fallen in stock in New York. The shares of Philip Morris, whose flagship brand is Marlboro, and RJ Reynolds (Camel and Winston) fell 7%. Overall, Wall Street fell by 1.89%.
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