Philip Morris, Inc. v. French

After several named tobacco companies agreed to pay a class of non-smoking flight attendants, Lynn French, sought damages via the lawsuit's "settlement agreement" for chronic bronchitis and sinusitis, which she claimed to have developed as a result of exposure to environmental tobacco smoke during her employment with Trans World Airlines from May 1967 through the time of the lawsuit. A jury awarded French $5.5 million, and the tobacco companies challenged their liability for causing the plaintiff's injuries, as well as the process by which the jury calculated the damages owed to French. The District Court of Appeal of Florida, Third District, affirmed the liability of the defendant tobacco companies but remanded the case for new damage calculations that would consider each company independently liable for French's injuries.


Philip Morris, Inc., et al. v. French, 897 So.2d 480, District Court of Appeal of Florida, Third District (2004).

  • United States
  • Dec 22, 2004
  • District Court of Appeal of Florida, Third District


Plaintiff Lynn French


  • Brown and Williamson Tobacco Corporation
  • Lorillard Tobacco Company
  • Philip Morris USA, Incorporated
  • R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company

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