Smoker Who Won Tobacco Case Dies
Jan. 18, 2002
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A lifelong smoker whose $100 million award was the largest judgment ever in a case brought by an individual against a tobacco company has died of lung cancer.
Richard Boeken, 57, died at his home Wednesday, according to Paula Lawlor, who works for Boeken's attorney, Michael J. Piuze.
Boeken and Piuze made international headlines in August when they won a staggering $3 billion damage award against Philip Morris U.S.A. The jury award was upheld by a Superior Court judge later that month, but reduced to $100 million.
Philip Morris is appealing the reduced award.
Boeken testified he was the victim of a tobacco industry campaign that portrayed smoking as ``cool'' but concealed its dangers.
A jury found the company guilty of negligence, misrepresentation, fraud, and selling a defective product.