After her husband’s death, Mrs. Schoeff sued RJR Tobacco. The jury awarded her $10.5 million in compensatory and $30 million in punitive damages. As Mr. Schoeff had been a smoker, the judge reduced the compensatory damages to $7.8 million because of his comparative fault. The Fourth District Court of Appeal upheld that reduction. The 4th DCA also found the punitive damages excessive and rejected Mrs. Schoeff’s argument that her husband’s comparative fault should not be taken into account. This Court accepted this case because the First District Court of Appeal reached the opposite conclusion about comparative fault in another case against RJR Tobacco.

Watch more from 3/8/17:

Corey Dozier v. State, SC15-2092

Bessman Okafor v. State, SC15-2136

Robert Peterson v. State, SC16-289 and Robert Peterson v. Julie L. Jones, etc., SC16- 1279


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Barbara J. Pariente C. Alan Lawson Charles T. Canady cigars/cigarettes/tobacco Donald Ayer Florida Supreme Court John S. Mills Jorge Labarga Peggy A. Quince R. Fred Lewis Ricky Polston