It used to be that Big Tobacco eventually prevailed on all the lawsuits filed against it. Those days have passed.
It might take you, as here, over a decade of litigation. You may well, as here, die in the meantime. But when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive . . . prejudgment interest. At the statutory 10% rate.
Assuming, of course, that the California Supreme Court doesn't step in. It's a punitives multiple of 16 times. So there's a plausible claim. But my money's on the Bullock estate eventually getting its cash.