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Smoker's Widow Awarded $1.2 Million In Palm Beach County

A Palm Beach County jury awarded widower David Cohen a $1.2 million for the death of his wife from smoking cigarettes.

After deliberating for five hours, the jurors ordered three of the nation's biggest cigarette makers to pay the 91-year-old Cohen for enduring his wife's slow descent from emphysema in the 1990s to her death in 2006.

Helen Cohen, who was 81 at the time of her death, was held 40 percent responsible for her own death, the jury finding she should have quit long before her lungs were damaged.

Freidin Brown, P.A. recently had a similar verdict when the children of Philip Marotta were awarded $3.48 million for his death from lung cancer. He was 47 years old at the time of his death.

In the Marotta case, Reynolds used the standard defenses tobacco companies apply to all Engle progeny cases - the smoker was aware of the dangers, chose to smoke and was not addicted.

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Source: Palm Beach Post, "Jury awards Delray Beach man $1.2M from tobacco companies for wife's death from smoking," May 2, 2013.


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