Charles Piendle died of lung cancer at age 55, after 30 years of smoking. His widow Margaret established at trial that Charlie was addicted to smoking, and that his addiction caused his death from lung cancer, and thus she was entitled to recover damages as a class member in the Engle litigation.
The jury apportioned 45% fault to Mr. Piendle, and 27.5% each to R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris. The jury awarded $4M in compensatory damages, and $270K in punitive damages.
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