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Tobacco jury verdict rejected

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On a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court threw out a $79.5 million jury award against Philip Morris USA, saying that a jury may punish a defendant only for the harm done to the person who is suing. The company had argued that the jury was encouraged to punish it for health problems suffered by every one who smoked its cigarettes.