The $3 Billion Judgment

American Voicesbusiness ISSUE 37•22 Jun 13, 2001

Last week, a Los Angeles jury ordered Philip Morris to pay $3 billion in punitive damages to a longtime smoker who has lung cancer. What do you think?

  • “Three billion dollars? I'm switching to non-filters right away.”

    Vijay Thakker –
    Cashier

  • “When this guy started smoking 40 years ago, people had no idea it was bad for you. People had to guess based on the hacking cough, shortness of breath, and bloody phlegm.”

    Donna Lafarge –
    Interior Decorator

  • “Shouldn't Bic have to pay for making the lighters that made the cigarettes deadly in the first place?”

    Marcus Alberts –
    Systems Analyst

  • “Three billion for endangering the guy's life? Christ, Philip Morris could've had him killed for a measly ten grand.”

    Phil Muncie –
    Roofer

  • “Finally, America's educational system is getting the funding it so desperately needs. What? The $3 billion is going to a smoker? Oh.”

    Lisa Koenig –
    Cellist

  • “This is a victory for everyone without a shred of common sense.”

    Donald Astbury –
    Investment Banker

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