by Michael Krauss
Washington Legal Foundation
November 20, 2003
Late in the summer of 2003, a Florida appeals court threw out one of the highest damage awards ever imposed in American legal history, a $145 billion verdict against four tobacco companies. As this paper discusses, the verdict, and the approach taken to reach it by the plaintiffs' lawyers and the trial judge, stand as a sad example of how this nation's tort system has run amuck, and as a testament to the need for national legal reform.

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