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Philip Morris To Pay In Lung Cancer Death

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Ten years after Richard Boeken won a $3 billion award against Philip Morris USA Inc., a Los Angeles Superior Court panel awarded his son Dylan a $12.8 million award in damages for loss of his dad’s love, affection, guidance and training.

Seven months after Richard won his lawsuit against the tobacco giant, he passed away from lung cancer. Richard started smoking at the age of 13, and by the time he died in 2002, the cancer had spread to his spine ad brain. He smoked two packs of Marlboro cigarettes a day.

An attorney for the son said the family had been in litigation since 1999. Though the original $3 billion award was later cut $55 million, interest on the current judgment could bring the award to $19.2 million, the Southwest Riverside News Network reported.

In the final arguments Boeken’s attorney told the jury that Richard was “as good a dad anyone could hop to have. Rick Boeken was an all-time class Rolls Royce.”  He recommended an award of $22.2 million, equating to $1 million for each year the father could have been expected to live if the cancer had not taken his life.

An attorney for Philip Morris said that even though the father did die prematurely, the son didn’t loose what Richard had given him, stating that he was doing good in college, and had “built upon” the things his father had bestowed on him.

 

breakinglawsuitnews.com disclaimer: This article: Philip Morris To Pay In Lung Cancer Death was posted on Wednesday, August 10th, 2011 at 7:14 pm at breakinglawsuitnews.com and is filed under Personal Injury Lawsuits.

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