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Fla. Jury Awards Smoker's Husband $1.9M in Damages Against Philip Morris

By Joel Zand on August 14, 2009 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

A Broward County, Florida jury delivered a verdict against tobacco company Philip Morris over the death of a woman who smoked two packs of cigarettes each day from the time she was 16 years-old until she died in her late 70's.

The jury rendered a damages verdict in favor of Barbanell for $5.34 million, but apportioned liability between defendant Philip Morris (36.5%) and the late Shirley Barbanell (67.5%).

The result was a verdict of approximately $1.9 million in favor of Leon Barbanell against the tobacco company.

You can see the jury's verdict sheet against Philip Morris here:

The Miami firm of Sheldon J. Schlesinger, P.A. represented Barbanell. Steven J. Hammer served as lead trial lawyer, working with Jonathan Gdanski to try the case to a verdict.

Gdanski told FindLaw that his client "was very, very pleased with the verdict."  The 92-year-old planned to "go home tonight and talk to his deceased wife and tell her that justice was finally served."

Here is the complaint in the case

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