Howard Engle

 

 

Age: 89

 

Summary: Miami Beach pediatrician whose 2000 class-action lawsuit against tobacco companies resulted in the largest punitive damage award in U.S. history when a Miami jury awarded $145 billion, in which the Florida Supreme Court later overturned that verdict as excessive, ruling that thousands of smokers covered by the Engle case must prove damages individually, and those cases are currently being tried across the state, and who had been in declining health for years from smoking-related ailments.

 

 

Cause of Death: Complications from chronic pulmonary disease and lymphoma

 

Born: September 11, 1919

 

Died: July 22, 2009

 

Location: Miami, Florida