|GA TRIAL VIDEO| The $15M Med Mal Award Paved with Coupons in Closings

Posted by Arlin Crisco on May 25, 2016 4:32:25 PM

"Has Emory shown any respect for what Cris and Debbie [Nelson] are experiencing?" Lloyd Bell asks during closings of a trial on damages for the paralyzing fall Cris Nelson suffered at an Emory Healthcare Clinic.

In a catastrophic injury trial on damages alone, a life care plan is often the pivot on which an award turns. In the face of a defense offer that is more than most jurors will see in their lifetimes, for example, a well-prepared plaintiffs’ life care plan can convincingly detail the reasons a much larger award is needed.   

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Topics: Negligence, Medical Malpractice, Nelson v. Emory Healthcare, et al.

Dive Rite Cleared of Responsibility in $25M Trial over Underwater Filmmaker's Death

Posted by Arlin Crisco on May 23, 2016 7:47:38 PM

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West Palm Beach, FL—A diving gear company prevailed Friday against claims it was responsible for the drowning death of a renowned underwater cinematographer.  Skiles v. Lamartek Inc., et al., 2012-CA-013132. 

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Topics: Negligence, Products Liability, Florida, Skiles v. Lamartek

UPDATE: $11.5M Verdict Includes $6M in Punitives against RJR for Nurse's Cancer Death

Posted by Arlin Crisco on May 19, 2016 10:34:39 PM

Michael Trentalange delivers his closing argument at trial against R.J. Reynolds over the lung cancer death of Jane McCabe. Jurors Thursday awarded McCabe's children $5 million in compensatory damages and found Reynolds liable for potential punitives. 

Update 5/20/16: Jurors imposed a $6.5 million punitive award against R.J. Reynolds for its part in the death of Dorothy McCabe, a former nurse and addiction counselor who smoked for more than 50 years.

The verdict, when combined with the $5 million in compensatories the jury handed down Thursday, brings the unreduced damage award to $11.5 million in the case. 

The original story follows below. 

Tampa, FL—A jury Thursday awarded $5 million to the children of a former addiction treatment counselor who died from cancer after smoking for more than five decades, and it found R.J. Reynolds liable for potential punitive damages for its role in her death. McCabe v. R.J. Reynolds, 2007-CA-017632.

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Topics: Negligence, Products Liability, tobacco, Florida, McCabe v. R.J. Reynolds

MARTA Prevails in $13M+ Trial over Fatal Motorcycle Crash

Posted by Arlin Crisco on May 19, 2016 2:56:52 PM

James Scarbrough delivers his closing argument on behalf of MARTA at trial over the death of Jeffrey Usher, who died after his motorcycle struck a MARTA paratransit vehicle. 


Atlanta—A Fulton County Superior Court jury Wednesday cleared the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority of fault in the death of a motorcyclist who collided with a MARTA paratransit vehicle. Lynn v. MARTA, 2015CV259595.

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Topics: Negligence, Georgia, Transportation, Lynn v. MARTA

$18M Verdict Smacks R.J. Reynolds in Trial over Korean War Vet's Deadly Lung Cancer

Posted by Arlin Crisco on May 18, 2016 1:03:22 PM

Brent Bigger delivers his closing argument in the punitive phase of proceedings against R.J. Reynolds. Jurors awarded $18 million including $12 million in punitives, to Marlene Nally for Reynolds' role in the death of her husband, Joseph, a smoker for more than 50 years. 

Lakeland, FL—Jurors this week found R.J. Reynolds liable for $18 million for the role the company played in the lung cancer death of a Korean War veteran who smoked for more than half a century. Nally v. R.J. Reynolds, 2007-CA-007627.

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Topics: Negligence, Products Liability, tobacco, Florida, Nally v. R.J. Reynolds