Palm Beach Post Staff Writer A Boca Raton widow has won $4 million from tobacco giants R.J. Reynolds and Phillip Morris over the death of her husband.
In the two-week Palm Beach County Circuit Court jury trial that ended late Friday, Debbie Perrotto’s attorneys claimed the cigarette companies used deceptive advertising — such as saying filtered cigarettes are safer than unfiltered — and hid cigarettes’ health effects. As a result, her husband, Nicholas, got addicted without knowing the downsides of smoking, they said.
Nicholas Perrotto was 56 when he died of lung cancer in September 1996.
When Debbie Perrotto will see the money is unknown. The tobacco companies plan to appeal the decision, so it could be several years.
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