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$8M Award, Plus Possible Punitives, Follows Inconsistent Verdict at Cancer Trial Against RJR, Philip Morris

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Jun 4, 2018 5:00:07 PM

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Fort Lauderdale, FL—A rare Saturday of deliberations and juror confusion about a verdict form ended with an $8 million compensatory verdict, plus possible punitives, against the nation’s two biggest cigarette makers for the cancer death of a Florida woman.Landi v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, et al., 2008-CV-025814.

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Topics: tobacco, Engle Progeny, Florida, Landi v. R.J. Reynolds

RJR Cleared in $5M+ Suit Over Florida Smoker's COPD

Posted by Arlin Crisco on May 29, 2018 8:08:19 PM

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Sarasota, FL— Jurors last week cleared R.J. Reynolds of fault for the respiratory disease a Florida man developed following decades of smoking the company’s cigarettes. Damiano v. R.J. Reynolds, 2011-CA-000450.  

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Topics: tobacco, Engle Progeny, Florida, Damiano v. R.J. Reynolds

Judge Strikes Down Florida's Ban on Smokable Medical Marijuana

Posted by Arlin Crisco on May 29, 2018 6:12:48 PM

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Tallahassee, FL—A Florida state court judge last Friday struck down the state legislature’s ban on smokable medical marijuana, concluding the prohibition was unconstitutional. People United for Medical Marijuana v. Florida Department of Health, 2017CA001394. 

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Topics: Florida, People United v. Florida Department of Health

BREAKING UPDATE: $14M in Punitives Pushes Verdict for Smoker's Widow to $21M Total in Trial Against Philip Morris & RJR

Posted by Arlin Crisco on May 21, 2018 10:11:55 PM

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5/24/18 9AM Update: The Florida state court jury imposed a $10 million punitive verdict against Philip Morris and another $4 million against R.J. Reynolds after deliberating for about four hours Wednesday in the second phase of trial over the lung cancer death of Fred Theis. The punitive verdict brings the total damage award to $21 million. 

5/22/18 11:51 AM Update: Jurors awarded $7 million to the widow of a Florida smoker, and concluded punitive damages are potentially warranted, after finding R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris responsible for his lung cancer death. The jury, which also found the cigarette makers liable on fraud and conspiracy claims, apportioned 60% of fault to Philip Morris, 15% to Reynolds and 25% to Fred Theis, the smoker at the center of the case. Punitive proceedings are slated to begin this afternoon. 

Venice, FL—Attorneys sparred Monday over what, if any, responsibility the nation’s two largest cigarette makers bore for the lung cancer death of a long-time Florida smoker, as closings wrapped before the case went to the jury. Theis v. Philip Morris, et al., 2011-CA-001941.

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Topics: tobacco, Engle Progeny, Florida, Theis v. Philip Morris, et al.

Tobacco Giants Responsible for Woman's Lung Cancer Death, Atty Claims as Trial Begins

Posted by Arlin Crisco on May 21, 2018 9:11:38 PM

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West Palm Beach, FL—A tobacco industry scheme to undermine medical evidence of smoking’s risks led to a Florida woman’s fatal cancer, an attorney for the woman’s family said Friday, as trial opened against R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris. Landi v. R.J. Reynolds, et al. 2008-CV-025814.

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Topics: tobacco, Engle Progeny, Florida, Landi v. R.J. Reynolds